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“Exciting....Caldridge’s grit, ingenuity, and courage should win her new fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Jamie Freveletti shows once again why she is one of the top thriller writers working today. With crisp writing, clever plotting, and memorable characters, this one will satisfy even the most finicky of readers.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key)

“One entertaining read.” (Mystery Scene on Running Dark)

“This fast-paced thriller makes good use of a timely topic.” (Booklist on Running Dark)

“Ten pages in, my heart was pounding—and the tension only grew from there. This is a breathless, hair-raising read, one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read in a long, long time.” (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake on Running from the Devil)

“Just terrific—full of thrills and tradecraft, pace and peril. An outstanding debut.” (Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to Lose on Running from the Devil)

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In less than nine days, terror crosses the border . . .

Hiking in Arizona, biochemist Emma Caldridgeinadvertently interrupts the operations ofdangerous traffickers in human cargo—and ischased south into the arms of millionaire drugmerchants. Suddenly a prisoner of Mexico’s mostfeared cartel, Emma makes a shocking discoveryin the marijuana fields outside Ciudad Juarez: plants rotting with a flesh-eating toxin that causes a trulyhorrible death within nine days of exposure.And there is no antidote.

The cartel believes that U.S. agents contaminatedthe plants, and, determined to make theirenemy pay, they prepare to spread their lethalproduct across America. Emma Caldridge searches desperately for a cure, but time is running outmore quickly than she anticipated. For Emmaherself has been infected—and, barring a miracle, she will die before the terrible dawning of . . .

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Original edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025319
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Freveletti is a trial attorney, martial artist and runner. Her debut thriller, Running from the Devil, was chosen as a "Notable Book" by the Independent Booksellers of America, awarded "Best First Novel" by the International Thriller Writers and awarded a Barry Award for "Best First Novel." It has been translated into three languages and was an international bestseller. Her second novel, Running Dark, hit both the Chicagoland and South Florida bestseller lists and her third, The Ninth Day was chosen as one of the "Best Thrillers of 2011" by Suspense Magazine. The fourth in her series, Dead Asleep, hit #1 on Amazon's kindle bestseller list.

In January, 2011, she was tapped by the Estate of Robert Ludlum to write the next in the Covert One series. That novel, The Janus Reprisal, released on September 11, 2012 and the next, The Geneva Strategy, released in February, 2015.

She is an avid runner and holds a black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. After law school she lived in Geneva, Switzerland while obtaining a diploma in International Studies. Back in Chicago, she represented clients in areas ranging from class actions for mass salmonella poisoning to securities fraud.

She lives in Chicago with her family.

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Biochemist Emma Coldridge is in Arizona by the Mexican border. As a chemist for a lab that makes cosmetics, she's been looking for night blooming plants. Unexpectedly, she comes across a stash of marijuana and before she can make her mistake, she's spotted and captured.

Raoul LaValle, the leader of the cartel, learns she's a chemist and informs her that his marijuana plants are infected. Poeple who come in contact with the plants are infected by a flesh eating toxin that is fatal in nine days.

La Valle also deals in body parts and tells Emma that she must find a cure or be killed. His mistress has been infected and he believes that the United States caused the fungus by spraying his fields to kill the marijuana. If he doesn't find a cure, he promises to ship the next contaminated batch to the United States to spread disease. He will also begin selling infected body parts to further infect people in the United States.

Emma is an ultra marathon runner and believes that she can escape and inform the authorities but she also feels sympathy for the migrant workers who are forced to work in the fields and become infected. She wants to save these poor people.

She meets Oz Kroger, a college drop out. Oz wanted to earn some fast money by transporting drugs to into the United States. He sees what is going on with the infected drugs and tries to help Emma.

The plight of the poor people and the idea of infection is interesting and captures the reader's imagination. The author gives enough evidence of chemistry and disease so that the story seems possible.

The drug dealers are truly villanous and the author gives a good point about not knowing who to trust. Are the solders really working for the government or a rival cartel?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Rodgers VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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This is my second or third book by Jamie Freveletti featuring Emma Caldridge. While the story plot itself has some clever ideas, it is difficult to think that this could be construed as anything other than a fiction novel with little in it to make it feel like this could have been real. As always the author has her characters racing around countries and states in much less time than the rest of us seem to have to travel. They rarely need or get to eat and pretty much never need to use the bathroom or get any sleep. This book featured a horrible wasting, flesh eating disease that Emma has to diagnose for a Mexican cartel leader. Of course, no one with the disease can or will go to a doctor or hospital so Emma is on her own to try to figure out what this disease is. To do this she is taken to labs in the states where she breaks in for short periods of time to look at the disease under the microscope and then move on. At one lab she also steals a great deal of investigative drugs in case they might help. Of course, for her new friend Oz the drugs start to help but it is too late for the 'bad guys' as they die a horrible death from it. You will read about FBI and cartel shoot-outs where yet again time is manipulated to get everyone at the same spot in the Midwest in time for the blazing bullets. Emma generally depends on her ability to run ultra marathons as her way to escape the hail of bullets, but curiously never figures out a good way to truly run away from the thugs that are holding her.

I really think that the author needs to sit down and calculate just exactly how much time her travels would take, how much sleep and food her characters would need at a minimum to have a book that resounds with some basis for reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
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This is the third book in the Emma Caldridge series (after Running from the Devil: A Novel and Running Dark). I started this series at the beginning but it isn't absolutely crucial to do so. This story stands on its own with very few references to the events from the first two books. If you haven't read the first two books, you won't immediately understand the relationships among Emma, Banner and Sumner but I think it is possible to enjoy this book without all that background.

One of the reasons I like this series so much is the main character. Emma Caldridge is everything I want in a heroine: she's smart, strong and doesn't sit around waiting to be rescued by some guy. But she's not the typical thriller series main character either. She's a chemist for a cosmetics company, not a spy, special forces soldier, or cop; and she's an ultra marathon runner, not a martial arts specialist. Her actions don't stretch the bounds of the reader's credibility so she doesn't come off as a cartoon character heroine. If you are looking for a thriller series with a great female main character (and who isn't?), I definitely recommend this one.

This book also has a very credible villain, a drug cartel leader (La Valle) whose cruelty and disregard for human life is matched by his not so hidden craziness (and not the good kind of crazy). La Valle seems like the kind of mad dog who would kill Emma on a whim. And the human villain puts Emma into the path of a biological danger that could kill her before La Valle does.
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