Image of A Heartbeat Away


Image of A Heartbeat Away

Palmer never fails to thrill when he presents a tautly constructed puzzle, with characters that will make readers whiz through the pages until late at night. The tale follows the evolution of a devastating virus whose cure may never be discovered if an all-powerful organization pushes its agenda on the nation.

On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire and everyone in the Capitol building is forced into quarantine when a terrorist group lets loose a deadly virus in the building. Only the man the president himself imprisoned and charged with terrorism might have a chance at saving them. Virologist Griffin Rhodes didn’t know why he was arrested but when he’s offered his freedom in exchange for helping to combat the virus, he agrees. Meanwhile, the government’s designated survivor — the director of Homeland Security — may be a puppet for the terrorists. The security of the nation is at stake and time is running out. (ST. MARTIN’S, Feb., 384 pp., $27.99)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper