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Panic by Jeff Abbott
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Panic by Jeff Abbott Evan Casher probably led a sheltered life. It all changed when he got a call from his mother. She needed to see him right away. When he got to her home, she had been murdered and the killers then tried to kill Evan but Evan is rescued by a stranger who says he's a friend of Evan's mother.

Steven Jargo, an information peddler, is the man who killed Evan's mother. Dezz is Steven's son and Carrie Lindstrom is the girl Jargo has pretending to be Evan's girlfriend so she can get the files he has on his computer.

The man who rescued Evan, Gabriel tells Evan that he's in danger and that his mother hired Gabriel to get her out of Austin. He tells Ev that Jargo is a freelance spy. Evan doesn't know who to trust and runs from Gabriel.

Slowly, Evan is learning that the life he was used to is made up of lies. Nothing about his family was true. By checking on some names in his father's passports he finds info about a family who disappeared years ago. That story mentioned a concerned neighbor. Evan calls the neighbor and asks the woman to look at the photos of his mother in the news and see if she is the person who lived next door to her. In this way Evan learns his identity as Robert Peterson.

Next Evan gets in touch with a person called Shady that owed Evan a favor. He calls Jargo and finds that he's holding Evan's father and they arrange to meet in return for the missing files. Then Evan calls a person who told Evan he was with the CIA nicknamed Bricklayer and tells him of the meeting with Jargo.

It is a complicated plot but it moves along swiftly. At the next meeting, we learn something about Carrie Lindstrom that is a significant plot twist. Does Carrie really love Evan or is she a clever plant?


The plot does get a little complicated and it was difficult to know who were the good guys and who were not. However, it was still full of action and suspense.
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09/16/2009 page 176
43.46% ""If I hadn't left Carry the message, my mom would be alive.""

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