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Illes best book since Spandau Phoenix!

  • May 2, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book from end-to-end. Illes has weaved an exciting and intricate plot that seems so plausible that it is scary. FBI Special Agent Angela Morse finds out from her sister on her death bed that her husband is a very dangerous man and was the one who caused her death. Angela investigates and learns that not only is her sister's death suspicious but so is several other cancer related deaths that involved victims whose spouses were seeking divorce at the time of their deaths.

Angela's investigation on mostly hearsay suppositions rather than hard evidence makes it difficult to convince the killer's next intended victim that he is indeed in danger. Add to that, Angela is in hot water with the Bureau and has a boss that would like nothing better than to have her kicked out because she made him look bad on a previous case.

Illes throws in some intriguing villains and brings in several characters from his prior novels that take place in his hometown of Natchez. The book is a fast read and an excellent thriller.

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review by . April 22, 2007
Hands down this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Greg Iles does a brilliant job of writing a book that reads like a movie, the plot and scenery so realistic that I had a hard time tearing myself away from the story, reading it in three sittings despite the 500 plus page span. I would suggest not reading too much of the dust jacket as it tells the reader a lot about the story and I found to be a bit of a spoiler so I waited until the book was over to read it and realized that …
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Starred Review.Smooth prose, psychological depth and crafty plotting lift bestseller Iles's latest suspense thriller, which puts a fresh twist on a familiar theme-the cat-and-mouse game between an FBI agent and a fiendishly-clever serial killer. One personal tragedy after another has struck Alexandra Morse, a rising star in the FBI who specializes in hostage negotiation: her father's shooting death in a robbery, her mother's diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer, and a misstep on the job that left her face scarred and a fellow agent dead. Now Alex's sister, Grace, lies dying in a Jackson, Miss., hospital after suffering a stroke. Alex arrives from Washington just in time to hear Grace say that her husband has murdered her. After Grace's death, Alex learns that Dr. Eldon Tarver, a brilliant scientist in need of funds for research into developing a biological superweapon, has teamed with a Mississippi divorce attorney who offers select clients the opportunity to avoid a protracted court fight by arranging for their spouses to die. When Alex identifies the next intended victim, Dr. Chris Shepard, she goes undercover as one of the idealistic doctor's patients and soon finds herself in a race against Tarver as well as her own superiors, who have not sanctioned her investigation. This pulse-pounder is sure to be another bestseller for Iles (Turning Angel).
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ISBN-10: 0743292499
ISBN-13: 978-0743292498
Author: Greg Iles
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Scribner
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