- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312651236
- ISBN-13: 978-0312651237
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
It's the deadliest poison known to man.
He's the only one who knows its true power.
She's the only one who can stop the evil.
The chase is on…
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU
In this breathtaking thriller, number-one bestselling author Iris Johansen showcases one of her most fascinating characters―pitted against one of the most ruthless killers…
Abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong, Catherine Ling was schooled in the art of survival by the mysterious Hu Chang, a master assassin and poisoner. Now recruited by the CIA, Catherine finds herself caught between worlds when her mentor develops a formula that is extremely fatal, virtually untraceable―and highly coveted. On the hunt for this prize are a rogue operative, a band of criminals, and a man so evil he kills without remorse. Catherine will do anything to protect those she loves: Hu Chang and her son Luke. But she will have to use every deadly weapon, every double cross, every lethal lesson she ever learned―to prove that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger…
"Johansen captivates readers…EXPLOSIVE."―Library Journal--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Moral of the story, as a huge IJ fan and someone who has read nearly everything she's written, I'm telling you this book is not worth the money. Catch it at the library if you must read it. Just don't waste your hard earned money on it. I am at a loss as to how it's sitting here with 4 stars. And I'm usually biased in favor of IJ.
When she is fourteen she meets Hu Chang who is an apothecary and doctor of Chinese medicine who is clearly a genius but who also has an odd way of thinking. He determines that the two of them will be friends and he guides her to work with the CIA. He has some interesting morals as he creates and sells poisons among other sorts of potions.
Years pass, Catherine joins the CIA, marries, has a child who is kidnapped by a monster when he is two, and has now recovered her eleven year old son. Her son Luke is another character who is extremely bright but has no concept of emotions or attachment. Catherine is determined to protect him and is gradually forging a relationship with him. She gets a call from her CIA boss to tell her that he needs her in Hong Kong again because Hu Chang has created a potion that has made him the target of an extreme villain named Nardik who will do anything to get the potion from Hu Chang.
Catherine goes to protect her friend and asks her CIA boss to find someone who knows Mardik. Enter Gallo. Gallo and Catherine have met before and both been attracted to each other. Catherine isn't going to let any possible emotion sidetrack her from her quest and Gallo has his work cut out for him to try to find a place to fit into her life.
The most intriguing character in this one is Hu Chang. He is the one who precipitates the actions through his various manipulations. Catherine is often torn between wanting to kill him herself and wanting to protect him. One thing is certain though, Hu Chang always has what he sees as Catherine's best interests in mind as he manipulates those around him. While she loves him, Catherine doesn't agree with many of his choices.
There was lots of tension in this one and lots of suspense as Catherine, Gallo, and Hu Chang have to find out who Mardik's intended victim is and to save him. There are chase scenes, kidnapping, fires and other exciting events in this one.
I found this one a satisfying way to spend a few hours. It does make me want to look for the other books in which Catherine appears and see her again now that I know her better.
Most recent customer reviews
Still a very enjoyable read.