What Doesn’t Kill You-Iris Johansen

What Doesn’t Kill You

Iris Johansen

St. Martin’s, Apr 17 2012, $27.99

ISBN 9780312651237


CIA Agent Catherine Ling was abandoned as a toddler on the streets of Hong Kong.  She became adept as a commodity trader selling information, which enabled her to survive.  As a teen, apothecary poisoner/healer Hu Chang saved her life from the thugs who owned much of the streets.  The assassin became her mentor.  As an adult, Catherine joined the CIA where she has become one of their best field operatives. 


Chang creates a new drug so powerful it quickly kills with no trace.  Weapons trafficker Hugh Nardik hears rumors of the legendary Chang’s latest elixir and wants it as he has plans for this deadly toxin.  Nard needs to control Chang’s Achilles’ heel Catherine to steal the drug for him.  The way to make her cooperate is through her son. 


Over the top of the “Peak” with superheroes and supervillains; fans will enjoy Catherine Ling’s first lead role after supporting Eve Duncan in previous thrillers (see The Bonnie trilogy and Chasing the Night).  The fast-paced storyline grips the audience from the onset and never let’s go until the final confrontation as evil and not quite good battle globally. The author once again has a super bestseller that readers will finish the book in one setting as they will be unable to put the book down because it is so absorbing.


Harriet Klausner


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