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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller
In a departure from his John Rain series, Eisler delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful thriller. This one, set in Silicon Valley, deals with a powerful piece of technology that becomes sought after both internationally and domestically. Excellent pacing and intensity, combined with complex characters and past tragedies, make this a high-end, emotionally driven thriller.
California patent lawyer Alex Treven is immersed in a big-business deal involving a new encryption application. When the inventor is killed before a meeting with investors, Alex starts to worry. Next, the patent examiner has a heart attack, and someone breaks into Alex's home. Too many coincidences lead Alex to believe his life is in danger, so he calls upon the one man he hasn't talked to in years -- his brother Ben, an undercover operative who performs unmentionable but necessary tasks to keep Americans safe from terrorism.
With the help of an attractive legal associate, Sarah Hosseini, Ben and Alex begin searching for a clue in the encryption software that will explain why it's so valuable that someone -- or some organization -- would kill for it. (BALLANTINE, Mar., 320 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: March 2009