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Altman, John, 1969-
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
391 pages ; 23 cm
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On an Adriatic cruise, Hannah Gray meets Renee Epstein and her husband--a scientist on the run with a set of equations about to be used for purposes he had not at all intended. When the Epsteins' lives take a shocking turn, Hannah finds herself in possession of the all-important equations. And as she is thrown into a deadly thrill-ride across the Greek Islands , Turkey , and the south of France , her fierce will to survive will show her exactly what she is capable of.

Author Notes

John Altman was born in White Plains, New York on October 8, 1969, and is a graduate of Harvard University. In addition to writing fiction, he has worked as a teacher, musician, and freelance writer. He has penned several thrillers, including; The Art of the Devil: A Plot to Assassinate President Eisenhower, The Watchmen, A Game of Spies, Deception, and A Gathering of Spies.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In his first two well-received thrillers, A Gathering of Spies and A Game of Spies, Altman used familiar backgrounds from WWII fiction in imaginative ways. He does the same good service in his latest, an exciting and moving adventure set in the present but owing much to the moral quandaries explored by past masters such as Eric Ambler and John le Carre. Hannah Gray is a classic Ambler character-a woman fleeing one set of troubles and getting caught up in another. Gray discovers that her lover and business partner in a Chicago medical research firm has been pulling off massive medicare fraud without her knowledge. Instead of immediately blowing the whistle, Gray takes a last-minute offer from a friend to go on a cruise from Venice to the Greek Isles, a chance to lie low and think about her options. On board, Gray befriends an elderly couple, Renee and Steven Epstein. Unbeknownst to Gray, Steven is a scientist working for a top-secret U.S. government agency, and is having second thoughts about his major breakthrough on a new energy source with devastating weapons possibilities. The head of the agency, Keyes (who goes by only one name), sends a pair of agents-including one who suffers from a medical condition that lets him pass for a 13-year-old boy-to kill Steven and Renee and recover any records of the breakthrough. Renee innocently gives Gray a guidebook in which Steven had written down the energy formula, and soon Gray is ankle-deep in death and deception in exotic locales. Altman humanizes all this contrivance with many beautifully drawn characters, especially the distraught but resourceful Gray and the terminally overwrought Keyes, already weakened by the death of a young son some years before. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Altman set a high standard for himself with his first two novels, A Gathering of Spies and A Game of Spies, both of which were set in World War II. His third thriller is a contemporary tale that uses high-stakes physics as a catalyst for a chase-driven plot. Having accepted tickets from a friend whose plans have changed, Hannah Gray sets sail from Venice on a cruise to Istanbul. She needs time to think because of her involvement in a Medicare fraud case back home in Chicago. But that's the least of her problems: she is unwittingly given a paperback with a highly valuable scientific formula written inside. Stephen Epstein, on the run from Applied Data Systems, knows that his formula for predicting the lifetime of microscopic black holes can result in disastrous consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. When he is murdered before he can recover the paperback, Hannah is targeted and soon finds herself pitted against hired killers, Russian spies, a Saudi prince, and American agents. While not as compelling as Altman's first two novels, this lean, competent thriller is recommended for large public libraries and collections already holding his previous works.-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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