Reprisal by Mitchell Smith

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From the author whose novels are hailed for their "chilling terror" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a haunting story of past sins and present day retribution. Joanna Reed, a professor, wife, and mother, is also a survivor. She hones her body exploring deep, jagged caves under the earth, and clears her mind creating the poetry for which she is acclaimed. Now the refuge from which she draws her strength and inspiration has just turned deadly. On her family's summer retreat to Asconsett Island, a peaceful Massachusetts coastal town, Joanna loses her husband and her father in quick succession to accidents that defy explanation. Unable to convince the authorities of her suspicions of murder, and distraught over the deaths, Joanna lets down her guard. The young woman who comes into her life seems loyal and kind, and her friendship slowly brings Joanna back from the abyss. But it is no mere accident that this girl has appeared, and Joanna is by no means out of danger. Imbued with a striking and powerful narrative voice, Reprisal is a harrowing tale of loss, madness, and vengeance, revealing unthinkable truths and an unforgettable climax.

"Mitchell Smith is one of those rare authors whose talents at crafting sentences, pegging human nature and recreating dialogue are equal to his story-telling skills." --Jeffery Deaver, author of The Coffin Dancer

"Sacrifice is a masterwork." --Clive Cussler, author of Flood Tide

"Engrossing...Chilling terror." --The New York Times Book Review for Karma
 

About Mitchell Smith

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Mitchell Smith is the author of critically-acclaimed novels of suspense, including Reprisal, Sacrifice, and Karma. His evocations of the natural world and of human nature, as in Due North, earned him a devoted readership. Smith has also written a trilogy of near-future, post-apocalpytic novels which illuminate what the Earth might be like after the next Ice Age: Snowfall, Kingdom River, and Moonrise. Smith and his family live in Washington state.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by New American Library. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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So Joanna, sunk in a grief that Smith (Sacrifice, 1997, etc.) renders with respect for each painful nuance, launches her own investigation and ends up in the middle of an ill-advised drug-smuggling plot that’s rescued only because its participants turn out to be people as fragile and tentative as...

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Dattar seeks vengeance on Smith and on Great Britain and the U.S. Thus, the hotel attack was also a diversion to help engineer Dattar’s escape, with henchmen tasked specifically to kill Smith and to purloin conference bacteria and virus samples from the hotel’s safe.

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When her death is ruled a suicide, Joanna suffers a minor breakdown and Charis returns to Asconsett to help her recover.

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THE JANUS REPRISAL never gets bogged down in dull “spy speak” and instead races forward with the energy of a super-charged Bourne film --- making readers of Robert Ludlum proud and extremely satisfied.

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Smith, who has had previous encounters with Dattar, finds out he's one of the people targeted by the terrorists and also discovers they've taken biological materials stored in the hotel safe.

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Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is attending a conference in The Hague on infectious diseases, together with leading scientists and political figures from around the world.

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