WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
For the last few Eve Duncan thrillers, Catherine Ling has been an intriguing and compelling character. In this latest novel Johansen explores Catherine’s unconventional origins and her connection to the intriguing and mysterious Hu Chang. Besides amazing exploits, one thing you can be certain of in a Johansen thriller is that the protagonists are always unconventional and fascinating. Here’s hoping there are more Catherine books on the horizon!
CIA Agent Catherine Ling is still delicately forging a relationship with her recently rescued son Luke. Having been used as a bargaining chip against his mother by a madman, Luke is no ordinary boy. Besides Luke, there is another person dear to Catherine, and that is her mysterious and dangerous friend, Hu Chang. Catherine and Hu Chang met on the streets of Hong Kong and although their lives have taken different paths, when she learns he may be in trouble, she responds. Hu Chang is a master chemist and deadly poisoner who has created something so fatal and untraceable it can’t be allowed to be used. With the help of John Gallo, Catherine must find Hu Chang and stop Nardik, a truly evil and vicious madman. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 416 pp., $27.99)