by Johansen, Iris; Johansen, Roy

Investigating the baffling murders of two staff members at a school for the blind, investigator Kendra Michaels draws on her experience with a former sight disability to uncover a terrifying conspiracy. 100,000 first printing.

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 consecutive best sellers. Her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has sold over 20 million copies and counting, and was the subject of the acclaimed Lifetime movie, The Killing Game. Along with her son Roy, Iris has also co-authored the New York Times bestselling series featuring investigator Kendra Michaels. Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Unceremoniously pulled from a mission in Afghanistan that once again put her at loggerheads with super-operative and sometime lover Adam Lynch, Kendra Michaels lands back in the U.S. and is immediately inserted into a double-murder investigation at the tony private school for special-needs children where she and her best friend, Olivia Moore, were nurtured and trained. The deaths of dedicated groundskeeper Ronald Kim and beloved professor Elaine Wessler hit close to home for Kendra, who characteristically uses her heightened sensory awareness to uncover clues that elude the FBI. The mystery deepens as the killers' trail leads to a drug cartel's smuggling operation on campus grounds. But why there, and why were Kim and Wessler targeted? The Johansens continue to develop Kendra as a spellbinding heroine surrounded by a coterie of equally strong female friends whose intelligence, courage, and loyalty rival and often surpass those of their male counterparts. Fans of the Kendra Michaels series, which includes Double Blind (2018) and Look Behind You (2017), will revel in this heightened tale of intrigue and devotion. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Sparks fly as a woman with extraordinary abilities fights her attraction to a dangerous freelance consultant. Dr. Kendra Michaels has worked with former FBI Agent Adam Lynch before (Double Blind, 2018), but she's furious with him for getting her tossed out of Afghanistan after she sustained a minor wound while trying to root out corruption. Kendra, who was blind until an experimental operation restored her sight at 20, has highly developed senses of smell, hearing, and spatial awareness that she's used to help the FBI and CIA in many difficult cases. Now, as she returns to the U.S., they have another one she can't resist investigating. Elaine Wessler and Ronald Kim, both staff members at her old school, the Woodward Academy for the Physically Disabled in Oceanside, California, have been found murdered for no apparent reason, and FBI Special Agent Michael Griffin is anxious to use her skills and inside knowledge. Elaine had been fostering an unusual guide dog, Harley, who's had problems adjusting since the child he was working with was killed in a gas-main explosion. Now that Elaine i s gone, his unearthly howls are upsetting the students. Kendra talks her best friend, Olivia, who's blind, into sharing custody of Harley until they can find him the right home. Meanwhile, she turns up clues the FBI team missed and is rewarded for her efforts with a bomb planted in her car. It turns out to be fake, but it's still a potent warning to walk away. Returning from Afghanistan to help Kendra, Lynch finds her still angry with him and intent on resisting his charms. Her friend Jessie Mercado, a private eye, turns up to help extricate her from a dangerous situation and sticks around to join the hunt for the killers. It will take all of them, including Harley, to solve the violent, complex case and get the school Kendra loves back on track. Mystery, danger, and sexual tension abound in an action-packed thriller that breaks plenty of heads but no new ground. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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