When high-powered attorney Beth Convey suffers heart failure, she receives a transplant to save her life. To her shock, the transplant leaves her with new tastes and abilities, including a love of Russian food, a knowledge of Russian songs, and nightmares that feature men being murdered. Beth starts to believe there's a connection between these changes and her new heart.

Jeff Hammond, a former FBI agent now working for the Washington Post, is tracking down an ex-KGB agent who is causing havoc in the States. There is also a rumor that Jeff is a mole, working against U.S. intelligence.

Beth's search leads her to Jeff, who she believes is a killer. Jeff believes Beth's involved with espionage in the Russian émigré community. Though initially enemies, as attempts are made on their lives, Beth and Jeff know the only way to stay alive is to trust each other.

The amazing Gayle Lynds does it again! MESMERIZED is the read of the year, an exciting, multi-layered book that will blow you away. You'll be holding your breath as Beth races from one precarious situation to another. (May, 576 pp., $6.99) Hardcover published May 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg