Fear by Jeff Abbott

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This psychological thriller from Jeff Abbott revolves around a groundbreaking pharmaceutical drug called Frost that could potentially help millions of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Frost, however, has been developed under highly unethical circumstances, and when a psychiatrist working on the project is killed in her office by a bomb blast, those few involved with Frost's creation -- who stand to become rich beyond their wildest dreams with the drug's unveiling -- must find out if the deceased doctor passed on any secrets before her explosive demise.

Two very different -- but similarly flawed -- men are drawn into the mysterious death of psychiatrist Allison Vance. Miles Kendrick is one of Vance's patients, a former Mob spy living under an assumed identity via the Witness Protection Program and haunted by the ghostly presence of a dead friend he accidentally killed in a shootout. Dennis Groote is an FBI agent turned sadistic hit man; with a young daughter suffering from a severe case of PTSD, he'll do anything to gain access to the drug

Like Abbott's previous release Panic (nominated for Best Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Organization), Fear is an adrenaline-inducing suspense thriller of the highest order. Told in staccato, action-packed chapters that are seething with angst, obsession, shocking brutality, and compassion in the unlikeliest of places, Fear will have readers on the edge of their collective seats until the very last pages, which includes some jaw-dropping plot twists that would make even O. Henry proud -- yet another hair-raising gem by the new master of suspense. Paul Goat Allen
 

About Jeff Abbott

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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. His novels include: Do Unto Others (1994) -- winner of the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award (given by Mystery Readers International) for Best First Novel; Black Jack Point (2002), nominated for the Edgar Award (given by Mystery Writers of America) and for the Anthony Award and for the Barry Award; Cut and Run (2003), nominated for the Edgar Award; Panic (2005), nominated for the Thriller Award (given by the International Thriller Writers); and Trust Me (2009). His novel, Panic, has been optioned for film by The Weinstein Company and is in development. His novel, Collision, has been optioned for film by Twentieth Century Fox.
 
Published January 1, 2007 by Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd. 427 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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What's more, Walker is bedding hospital administrator Nancy Abbott, who runs the drug scam and signs Walker's bodies out to nursing homes that never receive them (they go into pauper's graves) but that bill the government for payments to be split with Abbott and Walker.

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If there was a drug that allowed people to forget the worst moment of their lives, how far would someone go to obtain it, given the potential profit? Such a drug, code-named Frost, lies at the hear

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In Abbott's hypercharged ninth thriller (after 2005's Panic ), Miles Kendrick, a former spy for the mob who's now in the federal witness protection pr

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If there was a drug that allowed people to forget the worst moment of their lives, how far would someone go to obtain it, given the potential profit?

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Convinced that Kendrick engineered the explosion of Vance's office, Groote pursues Kendrick, as well as Brant and Ruiz, in an effort to obtain the formula for his employer and for his daughter.

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Uprooted from his native Miami to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Miles cannot forget the trauma that resulted from killing his best friend while he, Miles, was working undercover for the FBI.

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