From Publishers Weekly
Following his Arthur Ellis Award– winning debut, Dark Places
, Evans forays into corporate malfeasance versus organized protest, but disappoints. A former Infosys project manager living in Bangalore, India, Danielle Leaf agrees to deliver a package for Keiran Kell, a London-based hacker. En route, Danielle is seized by thugs apparently in the employ of Kishkinda, a megacorporation that has been blamed by activists for industrial pollution that has plagued the Bangalore area. While held captive, Danielle meets an attractive activist, also captive, Frenchman Laurent. As the two conspire to escape, Laurent tells Danielle that the package's intended recipient, Jaylitha, who had been doing research to build a case against Kishkinda, has been gruesomely murdered. After Laurent's martial arts skills free them, the pair undertake a series of dangerous escapades, with Danielle suspecting her ally may not be fully trustworthy. Danielle is less than plausible as an action hero, and Evans's take on globalization and its discontents is less than convincing. (June)
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Evans, who has been carving a niche for himself as the author of travel thrillers—Dark Places (2004), The Blood Price (2005)—returns with another entertaining adventure. Danielle Leaf was just doing a favor for a friend, delivering a passport to a woman in India. Abducted and thrown in a dank cell, Danielle is utterly confused until a fellow prisoner explains that she has stumbled into the middle of a battle between a multinational mining company and a determined and potentially violent group of protestors. Escaping from their captors, Danielle and her new friend, the charming Laurent, run for safety. Moving at a brisk clip, the story ranges from rural India to Paris to London, blurring the line between good and evil along the way until it pretty much ceases to exist. Evans, something of a globetrotting adventurer himself, keeps growing as a storyteller, and this is his most accomplished thriller yet. Pitt, David Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved