This well-crafted and timely thriller uncovers a terrorist plot stretching from the Middle East to the American West. When recently widowed Mountie Dan Graham pulls a dying girl from a river, her tremulous last words lead Dan to track down the girl's father, a washed-up conspiracy theorist reporter who has finally stumbled upon a genuine conspiracy. California bookseller Maggie Conlin searches for her husband, traumatized Iraq war contractor Jake, who has kidnapped their young son, Logan, and fled to Montana. Samara Ingram, an Iraqi-British nurse whose husband and son were brutally murdered in Baghdad by renegade Western troops, takes slow steps toward retribution. Mofina (Every Fear) shifts smoothly and deftly among their stories until all three are drawn together in the final, suspense-packed rush to prevent a devastating moment of destruction and revenge. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Mofina's ninth novel (after A Perfect Grave) and first stand-alone thriller ricochets like a bullet from the opening sentence. An Iraqi woman loses her husband and child in a mindless act of violence and begins to plot her revenge. A woman in California arrives to pick up her young son at school and learns that her husband has already retrieved him, but then they never come home. A cop grieving for the loss of his family rescues a little girl from drowning and then realizes there is more to the story than a swimming accident. All of these people are destined to collide in a scheme that will destroy the world as we know it in as few as six seconds. Fascinating characters, rich storytelling with a family theme, and massive plot twists make this an essential read for thriller fans.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.