Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Edgar Award winning author are back with a new a new novel featuring Kendra Michaels—hired gun for both the CIA and FBI.
Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England’s Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.
Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing… and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch.
My Review: I have read all of Iris Johansen’s books and I must say that the character of Kendra Michaels is one of my favourites. I like the way she writes about strong female characters. Kendra is smart, resourceful, loving, loyal has a strong ethical character, but knows when she needs some help and is not afraid to ask for it. Kendra was born blind but a new experimental process gave her the ability to see. We never learned much about how this happened in previous books, but in this story through flashbacks we learn about the process and the year or so after it happened. While she was blind she developed excellent skills to use her other senses to compensate for her blindness and she now uses those skills to work with various agencies and the police to help solve crimes. This book is much more personal.
When she gets a visit from Dr. Charles Waldridge, the doctor whose procedure gave her sight, she can sense that something is not right with him. When she is notified that he is missing, she jumps into action. Using the FBI (Griffin) and a hired problem solver, Lynch she begins her investigation and search for Dr. Waldridge. This leads her into danger. The chemistry between Lynch and Kendra is strong but Kendra does not like to be out of control so she has fought the attraction but fails in this book. We also meet a new character, Jessie Mercado who is ex-military and a P.I. who can give Kendra a run for her money. Typical to her books, the villian is a rich, greedy, power hungry individual who is able to hire the worst possible mercenaries money can buy. Of course money does not guarantee loyalty.
This book had me staying up way past my bedtime to finish it. It is a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the relationships Ms. Johansen develops between her characters. There is just the right amount of sexual tension, love, antagonism and loyalty. I hope we see more of the characters in this book in another exploit. I would enjoy a spin off with the Jessie character very much. A great read. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.