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Gripping…The authors combine idiosyncratic yet fully realized characters with dry wit and well-controlled suspense that builds to a satisfying conclusion. (Publishers Weekly)

Mind-blowing…The scenes with Adam and Kendra ooze sexual tension, making this thriller a titillating delight. (Booklist)

Intrigue at its best! (Reader to Reader) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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WHAT YOU DON'T SEE...

Blind for the first twenty years of her life, Kendra Michaels honed her other senses to almost superhuman perfection--and unintentionally became a secret weapon for the FBI. Her uncanny ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her made her a law-enforcement legend. Today, her expertise is called for once again.



CAN KILL YOU.

When Kendra is approached by a dubious source about a serial murder investigation, her instincts tell her to steer clear. This time, however, the case is personal: The next name to turn up on the killer's hit list is Kendra's own ex-lover, an FBI agent who disappeared without a trace. Now it's up to Kendra to pick up the trail--or close her eyes again…forever.

"Gripping suspense."--Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312611617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312611613
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Iris and Roy Johansen, a mother and son duo, have come up with another thriller that I enjoyed reading. I was intrigued by the character of Kendra Michael and her ability to notice what others don't due to the skills she developed before her sight was restored. Born blind, a near miracle medical procedure gave her sight for the first time and that, coupled with her other abilities of observation using all her senses, serves her well as a music therapist helping autistic children. It also has made her an unwilling weapon of the FBI.

She would have gladly turned down the request to help in an investigation had her ex-boyfriend, FBI agent Robert Stedler, not been the focus. He has suddenly gone missing and former agent Adam Lynch has been hired to find him. Lynch needs Kendra's help and won't take no for an answer. At first it seems random people are being killed but as the pair digs deeper, they discover a common thread that links the victims together, raises more questions than answers, and reveals players from high places in government that makes Kendra and Adam unwilling pawns in a game that goes well beyond finding a missing FBI agent. After one attempt is made on Kendra's life that also endangers one of her young autistic students, and another attempt leaves her best friend gravely injured, Kendra is more determined than ever to find Stedler and uncover a conspiracy that has global implications that could endanger the lives of millions.

The obvious villans are revealed early on but there is a surprise at the end that is worth waiting for. Although this is a stand-alone novel, it could easily become a series as Kendra's unique skills are once again enlisted to help solve a case.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JeanneHenley on June 5, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe writers like this win awards. Such ridiculous characters -- a 27-year old music therapist who talks like a seasoned FBI agent and seems to blithely deal with murdering psychopaths but expects the female doctor she's facing (both holding guns) to actually capitulate? And an FBI station head who whines about how he isn't respected? No one would respect such a guy. And Lynch, also getting all solicitous far too early in the book, so touchy about his personal life. A person who does what he does doesn't act like he's damaged and he doesn't tell anything about himself. The dialogue is ridiculous, and the exploits of the main character (managing to kill the motorcyclist with one pull of the rope, jumping from a balcony) are so stupid. This was the first, and will be the last, book by the Johansens I'll read.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jane on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The only reason this got 3 stars instead of 5 is because of the lack of romance. I hope Kendra will be an on-going character so her "romance" will percolate more slowly, like Eve & Joe's. But, my complaint is that if an author does something fairly radical- like, say, include no romance when her books have always sold so well with hard-core romance fans for the romantic suspense - then, perhaps, that ought to be made apparent.

I am an old school fan of Iris Johansen. I've read all her books and I came to her via her romance novels. Almost all of her later books are thrillers/suspense with a romance sub-plot. The only exception I can think of, and they aren't totally on point, are her Eve Duncan books because in most of those Eve is totally with Joe, in the later books, so the romance is a few lines. But, then, she has added a few romantic sub-plots for Jane. My point is that Iris Johansen almost always has a romance sub-plot.

On the plus side, it is a fairly decent thriller, totally on par with her prior books. I like Kendra as a heroine. Her talent was unique and interesting. There was no woo-woo stuff to her talent it appeared to be completely organic.

On the negative side, sometimes Iris Johansen's books are a little weird. She seems to like strangely plotted catastrophic dangers- earthquake machines used for presidential assassinations, sound frequency arson ray-guns, fabulous lost underwater cities that only dolphins can find, Jesus' cup, ancient Egyptian medical breakthroughs, mind control water, and that unfathomable Wind Dancer statue. Seriously, I could keep going. This one was a very round-a-about weapon.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chile Chica on August 10, 2012
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Whew, this was quite a letdown and I am a longtime IJ fan. Way too many mistakes.

At one point, Lynch got out of his car, spoke to his cohort and then got out of the car again.

Several phrases that were used were just too awkward to sound normal, such as Lynch telling Kendra that men like to see women sleeping in "crisp white men's shirts". Honestly? A tough-guy rouge investigator is going to call his own shirt "crisp"?? (And my brain also questioned what was wrong with sleeping in black men's shirts, when it dawned on me that it was the color of the shirt, not the color of the man, so that's how awkward the wording was.)

And as for climbing the fire escape to the warehouse on the right and then jumping 10 feet to the middle warehouse, why didn't they just climb the fire escape of the middle warehouse?

And another rough literary patch was when Kendra "straightened away" from the dead guy, and then she "put him down" a paragraph later. I suppose it could happen that way, but when the word "away" is used, your mind thinks that it is no longer together, so how can she put him "down" after that?

I'd have to say that if this was the first Iris Johansen book I had read, I would make a note to myself not to buy another. That being said, this was a poor book,; she can and has done so much better.
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