Double Blind
by Johansen, Iris; Johansen, Roy

Hired gun Kendra Michaels joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to investigate the murder of a man with connections to a mysterious wedding video and the conviction of a serial killer years earlier.

IRIS JOHANSEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Hide Away, Shadowplay, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, What Doesn't Kill You, and more.

ROY JOHANSEN is an Edgar Award winning author. He has written many well-received mysteries, including Deadly Visions, Beyond Belief, and The Answer Man.

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have together written The Naked Eye, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, Silent Thunder, and Look Behind You.

As much as Kendra Michaels would like to maintain her distance from the FBI, her heightened sensory powers make her their go-to analyst in cases exceeding the agency's traditional expertise. When a body is recovered near her home and bearing an envelope marked with Kendra's name, Kendra is eager to investigate a crime that could have personal implications. The envelope contains a wedding video, and before long, several members of that happy celebration are abducted and murdered. Reluctant in the past to work with freelance agent Adam Lynch, Kendra welcomes his assistance and protection as the case's next victim is taken practically on Kendra's own doorstep. In the crosshairs is Brock, Ltd., an international private security firm of ex-military and ex-law enforcement personnel that is this close to going rogue worldwide. With Brock as a slippery and lethal adversary shielding a serial killer with a specific vendetta against Kendra, she faces new risks on both personal and professional levels in bringing the killer to justice. A worthy addition to the Johansens' Kendra Michaels series, following Look behind You (2017). Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

No-longer-blind music therapist Kendra Michaels, who's already survived 26 attempts on her life (Look Behind You, 2017, etc.) while consulting with the FBI, gets an offer she can't refuse about a new case. Connecticut paralegal Elena Meyer was run down as she sprinted across San Diego's Fifth Street, but she'd already been fatally shot. Why would Kendra be interested in the murder of a visitor she'd never met? Because Elena was carrying an envelope addressed to Kendra containing a memory stick with a video of a wedding. Given Kendra's razor-sharp senses and keen logical prowess, it's child's play for her to establish that the wedding was that of Elizabeth and Jeffery Gelson. But it takes quite a while to figure out why Elena would have found it so urgent to share the video, which seems as innocuous as most of its ilk. When Kendra's frequent collaborator, freelance consultant Adam Lynch, takes her to visit Brock Limited, a hardball security firm Elena's law practice had been d efending in what everybody insists was a routine lawsuit, Josh Blake, the Brock VP who's repeatedly tried to recruit Adam, shows a dramatically darker side. Meanwhile, Kendra has already survived her 27th murder attempt, this one by French bulldog and poisoned leash. Readers know from the beginning who killed Elena Meyer but not why her killer continues to target other members of the Gelson wedding party or why he leaves each succeeding corpse at the same spot from which he kidnaps his next victim (a creepy twist that's never satisfactorily explained). Although Kendra tosses off on-the-spot deductions as briskly as Sherlock Holmes, the emphasis is less on mystery than on the cat-and-mouse game between Kendra and the FBI, on the one hand, and the dark forces of Brock Ltd., on the other. The heroine's miraculous powers, the seemingly unstoppable villains, the perfunctory interest in character, the punchy dialogue, and the highly efficient action sequences suggest more clearly t han ever that what the Johansens have been doing throughout this series is writing superhero comics without the pictures. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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