Whiteout by Ken Follett

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Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each newstoryline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come.

As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company's director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus—but he isn't the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting—though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.

As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks—jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries—crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself.

Author Biography: Ken Follett


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Published November 18, 2004 by Penguin Audio.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Toni, who was supposed to be on a spa holiday with her chums, learns at the last moment that her useless sister will be unable to take care of their addled mum and is conveniently in the neighborhood when the thieves, who may be after more than vaccine, make it into the lab’s inner reaches.

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A romance between the recently widowed Stanley and Toni and the unexpected addition of Toni's comically addled mother thicken the plot as Follett's agonizingly protracted, nail-biter ending drags readers to the very edge of their seats and holds them captive until the last villain is satisfactori...

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In Follett's latest Le Mans-paced thriller, doses of the possible antidote to a deadly virus are stolen from a small pharmaceutical lab in Scotland, much to the dismay of the lab's security chief, Toni Gallo.

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When vials of Madoba-2 (a virus many times more deadly than Ebola) go missing, Toni calls on her police background, and her police friends, to track down the thieves.

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Entertainment Weekly

When the debt-ridden son of pharmaceutical company CEO Stanley Oxenford breaks into a lab stocked with a nasty strain of Ebola, security director Toni Gallo has to track him down while simultaneously dragging around her elderly mother, butting heads with her detective ex-lover, fending off the...

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While Toni and her employer Stanley Oxenford perform public damage control, his son Kit plans to break into the lab and steal the serum.

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Bad enough that two doses of an experimental drug designed to cure an Ebola-like virus have gone missing from Oxenford Medical on Christmas Eve, bringing Toni into contact with her ex-boyfriend Frank and his pal Carl, a reporter more interested in career advancement than in the facts.

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Then, a man named Ned (not the boy’s father by the way), stands in between the boy and Daisy to protect the boy from Daisy’s blows.

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Follett has interwoven a number of subplots to this story, including one with an obnoxious television reporter out for the next big disaster scoop, one with Toni's abrasive ex who seems to venomously hate her, and a growing romance between Toni and the much older Stanley.

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A further incident at the laboratory sees her going there to be confronted by a lack of cooperation from her former lover, Superintendent Frank Hackett, who displays a wish to avenge himself on her despite the fact that it was he who was responsible for their break-up and her leaving the police.

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