From Publishers Weekly
In Abbott's hypercharged ninth thriller (after 2005's Panic
), Miles Kendrick, a former spy for the mob who's now in the federal witness protection program, has built a new if fragile life in Sante Fe, N.Mex. With the aid of Allison Vance, his psychiatrist, Kendrick struggles to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, which developed after he killed his best friend while assisting the FBI. Kendrick is soon overwhelmed by more feelings of guilt when his shrink is blown up in her office after asking him to help her with a delicate matter. Kendrick later discovers Vance was involved with a new miracle drug touted as curing PTSD. In his search for the drug, which takes a bewildering series of twists and turns, he crosses paths with a number of unsavory characters with various motives. Readers will need to suspend some disbelief as the body count mounts, but few who start this book will stop turning the pages. (Aug.)
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What's more suspenseful than a hapless Everyman targeted by a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to acquire a secret? Perhaps a trio of unbalanced mental patients (and one imaginary friend) pursued by a plethora of shady types and a sadistic killer who leaves behind a trail of bodies in pursuit of some vaguely defined object relating to a secret cure. Then again, perhaps not. Abbott loses some of the focus and momentum of his riveting hardcover debut (Panic,
2005), hanging a huge amount of nonstop action on a fairly slack mainspring--a medicine called Frost, which may help cure post-traumatic stress disorder, the shared affliction of federally protected witness Miles, reality-show-star Celeste, Iraqi War veteran Nathan, and the daughter of aforementioned killer Dennis Groote. The success of his first title may generate some demand among thriller fans, but this one is likely to disappoint all but the most voracious of the genre's readers. David WrightCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved