Old habits die hard for former super spy-turned housewife/mother Lucy Hamilton aka Sally Sin. She is smart, tough, beautiful and retired, happily marrOld habits die hard for former super spy-turned housewife/mother Lucy Hamilton aka Sally Sin. She is smart, tough, beautiful and retired, happily married to Will and raising their three year old son Theo in suburban San Francisco. She loves her new life and has left her old life behind, or so she thinks. She cannot, however, forget her training. She doesn't mean to be, but is on high alert and reacts with lightening speed to even mundane situations. When her yoga teacher adjusts her pose in a blink of an eye he finds himself flipped and slammed into the floor by Lucy/Sally, much to her own and her fellow students' shock. She speaks a dozen languages flawlessly. She drops Theo at pre-school but sits across the street while he is there watching the school for intruders. Her friends, neighbors and husband do not know of her past but suspicions run high. We get flashbacks as the story progresses and learn of Ian Blackford the elegant and legendary spy-turned-traitor who has popped into her life over the years kidnapping her, warning her, and falling in love with her. She is under orders by her superiors to find Ian Blackford and kill him ostensibly because he flipped to the other side. But methinks the Agency dost protest too much - it is altogether unclear who the bad guys really are and I'm not so sure its Ian Blackford.
This mystery-spy thriller is the first in a series. I highly recommend it. It was fun, funny and kept my interest. I am eagerly awaiting the second book which will be out in 2012....more
"The Stark River flowed around the oxbow at Murrayville the way blood flowed through Margo Crane's heart." From the very first sentence I was transpor"The Stark River flowed around the oxbow at Murrayville the way blood flowed through Margo Crane's heart." From the very first sentence I was transported and fell completely into the world of Stark River in rural Michigan. There is plenty of rich gritty detail, from shooting and skinning a 10 point buck to a catbird mimicking waxwings while the early morning lapped at the river's edge. Growing up, Margo spends long days with her boisterous brood of cousins swimming and exploring the river, or learning from her Grandpa how to fish, shoot, trap and live off the river. But at 14 things start to go very wrong and Margo is thrust into a different way of life; homeless, alone and scrapping around to keep herself alive. All her survival skills are called into play as she camps and hunts all along the river, hoping to find her mother. As atmospheric as this story is, where it truly shines is through its characters. I laughed, I cried, I felt fear, sadness and outrage while reading this book. On my list of 10 best this year. Don't miss it....more