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Enigmatic CIA operative Catherine Ling returns to center stage in a terrific new thriller with a decidedly paranormal bent. Catherine’s life has radically changed now that her son has been freed from his kidnappers, but their relationship remains tentative and evolving. In addition to being a thriller master, Johansen excels at seeding in paranormal elements that kick her stories into a new gear. Top-notch and absorbing!
Catherine is looking forward to spending time with her 11-year-old son, Luke, and her long-time friend, Hu Chang, when the director of the CIA calls about a rescue mission. In Tibet, American journalist Erin Sullivan has been kidnapped by Kadmus, a monster whose iron rule dates back 40 years. Catherine doesn’t want to take the job, but Hu feels obligated to rescue Erin due to her connection to an old friend. Catherine accepts the mission and meets Richard Cameron, a man many are willing to die for and many, like Kadmus, are hunting for. What is he hiding? The answers may lie in the Himalayas and certain revelations leave Catherine bewildered. (ST. MARTIN’S, May, 368 pp., $27.99)