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John Lee brings a strong sense of character and place to Cain's sequel to his acclaimed 2008 thriller, The Accident Man. In this installment, assassin Samuel Carver is in a sanitarium, having suffered life-threatening injuries while saving his girlfriend, former Russian agent Alix Petrova, from her former handlers. Nearly catatonic and amnesiac, Carver uses his considerable deadly talents in his quest to find Alix, who has gone missing. Along the way they become entangled with Soviet mobsters, a billionaire Texan zealot, nuclear weapons and possibly Armageddon itself. Lee's dignified English accent fits this international thriller perfectly. His narration is confident and assured and hits all the right notes, whether presenting a car chase, a pitched gun battle or a tender love scene. Moving swiftly between multiple characters and locales, Lee keeps the listener immersed and enthralled in a dizzying world of action and danger. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 5). (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.