high-stakes treasure hunt…A twisted trail of murder…A secret one woman may die to discover…
Number one New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen last electrified readers with Dead Aim and No One to Trust. Now she offers a new pulse-pounding thriller that takes suspense writing to an all-new level: deep below the surface, where a ruthless killer strikes without warning, without mercy...and with the deadliest intent. Melis Nemid is treading in dangerous waters—and she’s about to be dragged under. As a marine researcher, Melis knows all too well the dangers that can lurk under even the calmest surfaces. But not even she can guess how deep the darkness runs. Only one oceanographer ever came close to discovering the deadly mystery that lies beneath the sea—and he seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Now Melis is the last one who knows the truth. And someone is determined that the truth will die with her. For what Melis knows about the deep-sea mystery is only part of a nightmarish past torn by violence. She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Caribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.
But her peace—and her life—is about to be shattered by the arrival of a savage killer. Someone—for reasons unknown even to Melis—is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her.Only one man can save her—a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer. He will seek to gain Melis’s trust, getting close to her secret and her life. But what this enigmatic man really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late. Because whoever is after her knows her nightmares intimately, and soon she will be forced to relive them all over again. Except for the final nightmare. The one she can’t possibly survive.
About the Author
While Iris Johansen's style has evolved over the years, the same skill that made her "one of the leading authors of romance fiction" (Barbara Kemp) has helped establish her reputation in a broader field. As Catherine Coulter noted, "Iris Johansen is a bestselling author for the best reason -- she's a wonderful storyteller."
Johansen, author of many bestsellers (Dead Aim; No One to Trust; Body of Lies; etc.) knows exactly what her devoted readers want and gives it to them once again in this impassioned romantic suspense novel. Her lusty characters, both good and evil, preen and snarl as they fight, love and kill with almost superhuman stamina and appetite. Delicate but sensual Melis Menid lives in harmony with her two dolphin pals, Pete and Susie, on a remote, Eden-like tropical island. Her foster father, Philip Lontana, harbors many secrets, chief of which is the location of the fabled island of Marinth, an incredibly wealthy, hidden city that was lost beneath the sea aeons ago. Rich, hunky, ex-SEAL Jed Kelby crisscrosses the world's oceans on his lavish yacht searching for treasure-laden shipwrecks. He also seeks the fabled Marinth. Malevolent arms dealer Archer is determined to acquire Phil's research into an underwater sonic gun of immense destructive capabilities. While attempting to coerce Melis into telling him the location of Phil's research, he kills her best friend, threatens the innocent dolphins and tortures Melis with details from her horrific past. Jed, now in love with Melis and determined to stop Archer, calls in his partner, half-Apache Nicholas Lyon-"a giant of a man"-for help. Johansen writes with all her category romance roots showing ("Now she looked like a weary little girl, all tousled and warm, and so goddamn beautiful it made his throat tighten to look at her"), but the exotic locals, lusty sex and capering dolphins provide easy-reading entertainment. (Sept. 9) Forecast: Johansen's track record-there are nine million copies of her books in print-says it all. Look for another bestseller. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Meet Melis Nemid. Fragile as fine china. But tough as nails. Parents dead. Auto accident. Sold into white slavery at age 11 by meanies. Lived in golden cage in Istanbul, forced to satisfy the crazed desires of creepozoid pedophiles. Talk about PTSD. She has it bad. Somewhat recovered thanks to kind shrink and cool foster Dad, who investigates deep-sea mysteries such as the fabled city of Marinth. Like Atlantis? Kinda. Then Dad blows up self and boat. Accident? Maybe not. Then creepozoid pedophile mastermind and his henchman kidnap the shrink. (Low-budget mastermind can only afford one henchman.) Phone call from shrink in big trouble. Hurt. Maybe dead. What to do? Rogue rich boy and ex-Navy SEAL Jed Kelby thinks hard and lets out a low whistle. Melis inhales sharply. Sex with Jed is clean. Natural. How it should be. Not like creepozoid pedophiles. Deal with it, the shrink said. Melis deals. Segue to the Canary Islands, supposedly near Marinth. Dolphins know where it is, though the sea swallowed it centuries ago. But they know. Genetic memory. Bogus concept. But easy to grasp. Fills big hole in plot. Follow the dolphins. Incomprehensible hieroglyphics on ancient cylinder. Amazing sonic supergun that can wipe out anything. Unnamed Middle East dictator interested in acquiring this lethal gizmo. He must be stopped. But first, pedophile mastermind captures Melis and demands that she wear little-girl Mary Janes for the big rape and torture finale. Hell, no. Dagger hidden in sole of her regular shoe. Will truth and justice prevail over hideous embodiment of human evil? Hell, yes. Trust crowd-pleaser Johansen (Dead Aim, p. 165, etc.). Choppy style. But what a plot. Fun for fans. Agent: AndreaCirillo/Jane Rotrosen Agency
"You'll be swept away by this thriller."--"Cosmopolitan"
Series: Eve Duncan
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 31st August 2004
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.186