The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel

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Vanessa Michael Munroe—the fearless heroine of the New York Times bestseller The Informationist—returns in a gripping new thriller.

Eight years ago, five-year old Hannah was spirited out of school and into the closed world of a cult known as The Chosen. Ever since, followers of its leader have hidden the child and shielded her abductor. Now, childhood survivors of The Chosen who have escaped to make a life for themselves on the outside know here to find Hannah and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help. Munroe reluctantly takes the job, and travels to Buenos Aires to infiltrate the cult and save the girl. Inducted in to a world unlike anything she has faced before, Munroe must navigate unpredictable members and their dangerous cohorts, the impatient survivors who hired her, and the struggle against her own increasingly violent nature so she can rescue the child before the window of opportunity closes and Hannah is lost forever.

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About Taylor Stevens

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Born into the Children of God, raised in communes across the globe, and denied an education beyond the sixth grade, Taylor Stevens broke free of the cult in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and is writing a third Vanessa Michael Munroe novel.
Published December 27, 2011 by Crown. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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With Logan, Gideon and Heidi—two other former cult members who have their own agendas for seeking out The Chosen—and her protective backup Miles Bradford, Munroe sets off for Buenos Aires, where the cult has established several compounds.

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In Stevens’s impressive second Vanessa Michael Munroe novel (after 2010’s The Informationist), Vanessa travels to Buenos Aires in search of a 14-year-old girl, Hannah, who was kidnapped eight years earlier by her mother’s boyfriend and hidden among a religious cult known as the Chosen.

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Dallas News

When local author Taylor Stevens’ first novel, The Informationist, came out last year, much was made of similarities between her tough-but-vulnerable heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, and Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels.

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Huntington News

In the second entry in the series, "The Innocent" (Crown Publishers, 352 pages, $24.00) Vanessa temporarily abandons her policy of working for people who can afford her and organizes the rescue of 13-year-old Hannah, the daughter of Charity, the lover of her very good friend Logan, who can't affo...

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Mystery People

Stevens evolved the character type into someone completely unique in The Informationist, and continues to do this in her latest adventure, The Innocent.

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Those who have eagerly awaited this sequel will be delighted to find the same intelligent writing, masterful pacing, and tense and fluid action scenes that feel ready-made for the cinema, and an intensely emotional core that lends Stevens’ novel a depth not often found in the genre.“The Innocent:...

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“The Innocent: a Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel” (Crown Publishers), by Taylor Stevens: Taylor Stevens’ 2010 debut, “The Informationist,” was a smartly written action thriller featuring a freelance espionage agent whose survival skills and intellect were wrought out of a violent past, and whose abi...

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