Mesmerized by Gayle Lynds

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Gayle Lynds followed her spellbinding debut Masquerade, a People magazine "Page-Turner of the Week," with Mosaic, a suspense thriller hailed for its "nonstop action, roller-coaster thrills...and love story" (Los Angeles Times). Now, in an electrifying new novel full of authentic detail, she takes us into a labyrinth of deception where a woman's unconscious dreams are not her own, and her waking reality becomes a nightmare.

Beth Convey is a driven, brilliant 32-year-old Washington, D.C., international attorney who speaks several languages. One day, while arguing a multimillion-dollar court case, her chest erupts in pain, and she collapses.

When she awakens in the intensive care unit with a strong new heart, she surprises herself by thinking in Russian. Under doctor's orders, she must exercise regularly. But instead of the usual tennis or jogging, she takes up karate and excels at it. Odd, too, is her sudden taste for vodka. Far more mysterious and disturbing are her hideous dreams, which are filled with guns, death, and strangers shouting in Russian.

After learning about a phenomenon called cellular memory, in which transplant patients seem to inherit memories, tastes, and ideas, Beth sets out on a danger-filled journey to discover the identity of the man who was her donor.

Swept into the maelstrom of an international conspiracy involving defectors from the old KGB, the Soviet's dreaded secret spy agency, Beth's disembodied memories lead her to trust and even love a man who seemingly tried to destroy her and direct her to a covert band of paramilitary terrorists operating too close to home.

Worst of all, she must confront the shocking true nature of the heart that has saved and transformed her life.

As personal as memories, and as explosive as global tensions, Mesmerized is a sexy international thriller of passion and treachery, supercharged with an engaging heroine, sweeping high adventure, and an unforgettable love story.


About Gayle Lynds

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Gayle Lynds is the bestselling author of Masquerade and Mosaic. Born in the Midwest, she has been a reporter for the Arizona Republic, editor in chief of Santa Barbara magazine, and a think-tank editor with top-secret clearance. She lives in California with her husband, novelist Dennis Lynds.
Published January 1, 2001 by Harper Collins. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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After Beth shoots another would-be assassin in front of witnesses, and Hammond is framed by an FBI mole for murder, the two band together to track down the man they believe is behind it all—ex-KGB biggie Alexei Berianov.

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Following the heart transplant, Beth finds she's experiencing what appear to be memories and emotions transferred to her psyche from her unwitting KGB donor, which engage her in a struggle for control of her thoughts and actions.

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