In Haynes’s brisk, darkly humorous sequel to Ice Cold Kill (2013), Diego, a Mexican bodyguard, asks an old colleague of his, Israeli ex-spy Daria Gibron, for help. Now an independent operative, Daria has been lying low in an Italian village far from the eye of various international espionage and crime organizations. Diego suspects that members of a Serbian paramilitary group, the White Scorpions, have seized his fellow bodyguard, Vince. Diego and Vince were protecting Italian engineer Gabriella Incantada, the inventor of a military-grade avionic control device. Meanwhile, Minister Dragan Petrovic, a Serb official, has hired a stunning but lethal blonde known as Major Arcana to get Gabriella’s device for him. With some under the radar assistance from senatorial adviser John Broom, Daria—“a hand grenade in high heels”—embarks on a series of explosive deeds of derring-do across Europe in this high voltage, high-body-count thrill ride. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Aug.)
Reviewed on 06/27/2014 | Release date: 08/19/2014
I’m moderating a panel at 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests: Suzanne Chazin, Christine Goff, Parnell Hall, Diana Hansen-Young, Reece Hirsch and Patrick Lee!
The topic: “The First Time I Felt Like a Writer.” That sentence spoken by, say, Parnell Hall, will be fun and fascinating. Spoken by, say, Hannibal Lecter, and it’s pretty creepy. Which would be a better description of our panel? No way to tell unless you drop by.
Patrick Lee has knocked one out of the park with his new thriller, RUNNER. Patrick’s genre is science fiction, but it’s science fiction with its pivot foot firmly planted in today’s reality. That is to say: Science fiction for people who don’t think they like science fiction.
Definitely worth reading. Bravo.