The Coil by Gayle Lynds
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Liz Sansborough thought she had left her past behind forever. A former CIA field agent as well as the daughter of perhaps the most notorious Cold War assassin, the man known to the world only as The Carnivore, Liz is now a university professor in Southern California specializing in the psychology of violence. But her dead father's legacy has come back to overtake Liz.

Someone, somewhere is claiming to have possession of the Carnivore's secret files and is using the information contained within them to blackmail prominent world figures to promote some secret agenda. Files that Liz swore her father never kept. First Liz herself is attacked and almost killed, then Liz's cousin Sarah Walker is kidnapped in Paris and her husband, CIA agent Asher Flores, is gravely wounded. The only ransom the kidnappers will accept is the Carnivore's files. Now if Liz is to save Sarah, she must somehow resurrect her old tradecraft skills and, in a desperate hunt across two continents, locate the files and uncover a dark and dangerous conspiracy linked to a shadowy group known only as the Coil.

With her bestselling thriller Masquerade, Gayle Lynds earned her reputation as one of the most exciting new writers of international suspense. Now with The Coil, the sequel to Masquerade, Gayle Lynds is at the very top of her form, proving herself one of the finest writers in the field today.


About Gayle Lynds

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Gayle Lynds is the author of the New York Times bestselling thriller Masquerade, as well as the novels Mosaic and Mesmerized. With Robert Ludlum, she is the author of three of the bestselling Covert-One novels, The Hades Factor, The Paris Option and The Altman Code. After a varied career including stints as a journalist, an editor, and at a military think tank where she had Top Secret clearance, Lynds is now a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, novelist Dennis Lynds, in Santa Barbara, California.
Published July 20, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the bodies pile up, however, she finds herself making little progress: she can't find her cousin, and she doesn't even know if her father's files exist.

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Fans of espionage novels know Gayle Lynds primarily for her excellent collaborative work with the late Robert Ludlum on the Covert One series of novels, such as THE HADES FACTOR and THE ALTMAN CODE.

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The Coil tells the story of Elizabeth Sansborough as she is dragged into a fight between mysterious groups in search of her father's files.

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We go from crisis to crisis, always thinking this time Liz will find what she is looking for, and we only discover new surprises and new challenges.

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