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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446614904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446614900
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,784,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After her well-received debut, Blood Junction (2002), with its absorbing interaction of present and past, an overly busy plot mars Carver's otherwise exciting, frightening second mystery. Like Australian journalist India Kane, the heroine of Blood Junction who here plays second fiddle, Georgia Parish, a publisher's rep, faces a host of mind-boggling perils. At her grandfather's funeral in remote northern Queensland, where Georgia grew up in a hippie commune, a friend who owns a small airline gives Georgia a spot on a connecting flight home to Sydney, replacing a no-show. When the plane makes a crash landing, killing the pilot and one of the passengers, scientist Suzie Wilson, Georgia suspects sabotage. Georgia soon becomes the target of a violent gang, who kidnap and torture her, then kidnap her mother and threaten to kill the mother if Georgia can't get the information they want in one week. With India's help, Georgia must figure out who murdered the no-show plane passenger; what research Suzie and her brother Jon were working on; who another passenger on the fatal flight, Lee Denham, really is; and the connection between Suzie and Yumuru, a healer who cares for Georgia's injuries after the crash. And that's only the beginning—a tall order for a book rep! If the disjointed story tries to cover too much, from experimental antibiotics to Chinese politics, the novel nonetheless has its rewards, notably the distinctive characters and the vibrant picture of the harsh, exotic Australian wilderness.
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Returning home to the sweltering rain forests of Nulgarra, Queensland, to attend her father's funeral, Georgia Parish gets much more than she bargains for. When her plane crashes in suspicious circumstances and a woman passes her a computer disk before dying in her arms, Georgia finds herself swept up in desperate doings involving illegal immigration, the curious healing properties of crocodile blood, and brutal Chinese gangsters, who torture her and kidnap her mum. Unsure whether to trust the dark outlaw who saved her life, the intense cop who was her high-school crush, or a new-age healer with a suspicious background, our intrepid heroine depends rather a lot on the kindness of strangers, including journalist India Kane, from Carver's award-winning debut, Blood Junction (2002). An overabundance of plot threads gives the book a jumbled, baggy feel, but the nonstop stream of incidents keeps the pages turning. Add to this a well-realized exotic locale, and you have a diverting mystery-thriller for those who enjoy Nevada Barr or Elizabeth Peters. David Wright
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Format: Hardcover
Georgia Parish is in Nulgarra, Australia for the funeral of her grandfather.
She meets two people who got stuck in a river crossing, while driving to the airport. They are on the same plane as she is. The plane crashes and the pilot and one passenger die. It was sabotage. Georgia is so caught up with the deaths that she wants to find out who was the target and who sabotaged the plane. One suspect is Ronnie Chen, who never showed up for the flight and was found murdered.

Lee Denham was also on the plane. He is a former police officer who is searching for Jon Ming, a scientist who left China with a valuable formula and entered Australia illegally. Other members of the Cheng family are also looking for Ming in order to take him and his formula back to China.

The action never stops in this narrative. Georgia is a fun character to read. She blunders into situations but alsways manages to escape. However when she is tortured and the Chen's do something to her hand, it is hard to believe that she would be able to continue her activities with her hand bandaged and the damage that resulted.

The plot develops in a logical manner and we share with Georgia the search for Jon Ming and the attempted evasion of the Chens. However, when the author provides one plot twist toward the conclusion of the story, it didn't fit with what the reader learned about that character up to that point.

There are some exciting parts to the story and both Georgia and Lee Denham are interesting characters. Her descriptions of the Australian territory were pictuesque and added to the enjoyment of the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Henson VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Carver's second novel, Dead Heat, is again set in Australia, and the mystery here is probably a little more tightly woven than her first effort. Reporter India Kane makes a return appearance, but in secondary role. Police moles, Chinese gangs, human trafficking and new medical breakthroughs all play a part in this intriguing drama. While not written on the literary plane of James Lee Burke or Louise Penny, the writing is crisp and the plot moves. I seem to enjoy each Carver novel more than the last.
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Save for being predicable in spots, Dead Heat is a competent thriller that kept pages turning all night. Characterization elevated this novel to an above average grade with bits of humor helping out. Crooked cops, medical research, sabotage, gang wars, kidnappings, shipwrecks, plane crashes, there's a lot of adventure packed into this book. I'd love to see more of Georgia Parish in the future.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Georgia Parrish returns home to Nulgarra in Far Northern Queensland, Australia to attend a funeral. Knowing that the townsfolk detest her and struggling with keeping calm against the constant verbal assault of her temporary bunkmate, Georgia decides now that the funeral is over to leave where she is not welcome. She heads to the small airport hoping to gain a seat on a flight out though she knows that is doubtful. She picks up two stranded people also heading to the airport. Luck is with her as someone fails to show up for the flight.
Luck deserts Georgia as the plane crashes killing two people. Georgia learns that the plane was sabotaged and the no show was found dead on a nearby beach. Not trusting local law enforcement to seek the truth, Georgia investigates only to find Chinese thugs believe she was partners with the dead passengers, who include a research scientist on the brink of an antibody breakthrough potentially rivaling that of penicillin. Her deadly foes abduct Georgia's mother because they demand to know what she knows or else.
DEAD HEAT lives up to its title as fans will feel the torrid tropical climate of Northern Queensland especially when the corpse count rises and the crocodiles dominate the local quagmire population. The picturesque background is so compelling at times the view overwhelms a strong thriller starring a terrific protagonist. Though the villains seem more out of a 1930s Fu Manchu tale, readers will appreciate this powerful sweltering tale of murder and survival in the remote Australian swamps.
Harriet Klausner
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