Image of The Silent Assassin (Dr. Alexandra Blake Novels)


Image of The Silent Assassin (Dr. Alexandra Blake Novels)

Moving from the White House to a remote village in Vietnam, Andrews' second series book is an outstanding thriller. Geneticist Alexandra Blake has as many sharp angles as soft edges. She's a scientist with a heart -- and a scalpel brain. Andrews' tale deftly tackles international intrigue, violence and the murky world of political ambition.

Working with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Alex is given the job of cleaning up several skulls American soldiers brought home from Vietnam in preparation for an exchange ceremony at the White House. Working with the battered skulls brings back memories of her father, who was killed in Vietnam.

At the same time, the staff is assigned to identify the remains of an apparent robbery victim, murdered with what appears to be a bayonet. Suddenly, the two cases are entwining, as the Vietnamese link turns up again and again, and what at first looked like a simple job becomes a complicated international intrigue. (St. Martin's Minotaur, May, 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper