Image of Outcast


Image of Outcast

A timely subject matter, strong
plotting and a quick pace make for
a mostly rewarding read that's marred by several gigantic coincidences, and hero Ben's initial treatment of heroine Anna is fairly obnoxious -- enough
to make the reader wonder how she could even like him, let alone feel
anything more.

Former Army sniper Ben Benedict is now attached to ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Assigned to work with the gang unit of the Washington, D.C., police department, Ben is attempting to locate an al Qaeda operative reported to be planning a biochemical attack when he's forced to shoot a teenager. Already suffering from nightmares as a result of his deployment overseas, Ben is sent to see a therapist, Dr. Anna Schuster.

Resentful and skeptical, Ben refuses to cooperate with Anna until he has no choice. Getting involved with a patient isn't ethical, but Anna's attracted to Ben -- and their affair proves to be even more dangerous than either could possibly foresee. (MIRA, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer