When it reaches zero, you die.#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen sets her readers' pulses racing once again in this relentless psychological thriller of a young woman caught in a maze of secrets and stalked by a merciless killer. The countdown begins the moment you open this riveting novel that only grows more electrifying as the pages turn, more exciting as time runs out. . . ."Don't kill her. She's no good to us dead." These words haunt Jane MacGuire after a shocking attack shatters her world in an instant. Was it a random kidnapping attempt-or the countdown to something far more sinister
Prolific bestseller Johansen subjects gutsy Jane Maguire to more troubles in her latest thrill ride. Jane, the adopted daughter of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, was threatened by one serial killer in 1999's The Killing Game and another in 2004's Blind Alley, so it's no surprise that she's in danger again. The once troubled adolescent is now a brilliant Harvard student and talented artist who spends her summers at far-off archeological digs in Pompeii and Herculaneum, but she's still haunted by her resemblance to Cira, a woman who lived 2,000 years ago in the latter city. Suddenly she's being ambushed in alleys. Does the attempted kidnapping have something to do with Blind Alley's climax, in which Eve; her husband, Joe Quinn of the Atlanta PD; soldier of fortune Mark Trevor; and Jane, the bait, triumphed over the psychopath who was killing women who looked like Cira You bet it does, as Trevor turns up in Cambridge, enigmatic but still definitely magnetic, determined to protect Jane from danger due to new developments regarding Cira, "the femme fatale of the ancient world." Seems all kinds of notorious criminals are after Cira's lost gold, but some people have mass murder on their minds. Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and a booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho-what more could Johansen fans want Agent, Andrea Cirillo at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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May 09, 2005
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Excerpt from Countdown by Iris Johansen
Find the key.
The hotel room was dark but he didnýt dare turn on a light.
Leonard had told him that Trevor and Bartlett were usually in the restaurant for an hour, but he couldnýt count on it. Grozak had experience with that son of a bitch over the years and he knew Trevorýs instincts were still as keen as they had been when he was a mercenary in Colombia.
So heýd give himself ten minutes tops and get out of here. His penlight flashed around the room. As sterile and impersonal as most hotel rooms. Take the bureau drawers first. He moved quickly across to the bureau and started going through them.
He went to the closet and dragged out the duffel and searched through it hurriedly.
Five minutes to go.
He went to the bedside table and opened the drawer. A notepad and pen.
Find the key, the Achillesý heel. Everyone had one.
Try the bathroom.
Nothing in the drawers.
The grooming kit.
Yes. At the bottom of the kit was a small, worn leather folder.
Photos of a woman. Notes. Newspaper clippings with photos of the same woman. Disappointment surged through him. Nothing about MacDuffýs Run. Nothing about the gold. Nothing here to really help him. Hell, heýd hoped it wasý
Wait. The womanýs face was damn familiar. . . .
No time to read them.
He pulled out his digital camera and began to take the pictures.
Send the prints to Reilly and show him that he might have the ammunition that he needed to control Trevor.
But this might not be enough for him. One more search of the bedroom and that duffel . . .
The worn, dog-eared sketchbook was under the protective board at the bottom of the duffel.