NOMINATED FOR THE 2016 ANTHONY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME FICTION AUDIOBOOK
FINALIST FOR THE 2016 COLORADO BOOK AWARD-THRILLER
NOMINATED FOR THE 2016 COLORADO AUTHORS' LEAGUE AWARD-GENRE
NOMINATED AS THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS' 2016 WRITER OF THE YEAR
"Great characters, action, and locationaltogether terrific."
--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Strong first thriller.”
--Publishers Weekly on Dark Waters
"Goff, known for her intriguing mysteries, reveals a knack for thrillers...Goff has a winner with Raisa as a series lead. A sure bet for fans of international thrillers."
"Goff combines cultural detail, rich geographic description, and countless plot twists to create an engaging and satisfying thriller."
"From the first sentence I was caught in the book... I actually felt like I was right there in the middle of the action. I didn’t want to put the book down, I was hooked."
--Night Owl Reviews
"Breakneck pacing, fascinating characters and depth of content make DARK WATERS a welcome addition to the world of thrillers. This is sure to be a breakout step for Goff."
--The Denver Post
"One of my first thoughts was that this novel was going to make Alan Dershowitz jealous...his thrillers set in Israel have nothing on Chris Goff."
"A solid, well told story from a unique perspective."
--Reviewing the Evidence
"Whip-smart, informed, and tightly woven, Chris Goff’s international thriller Dark Waters reeks of authenticity and intrigue. Through her frank depictions of modern-day Israel, and on the backs of nuanced characters, Goff has fashioned a story that unfolds at a blistering pace, and feels like it all could happen tomorrow. Writing like a seasoned pro, she crushes the genre in her debut effort."
--Mark Sullivan, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Private L.A. and Thief
"A darkly intense story with all the right moves. Goff has crafted one heck of a thriller. Great characters, cool setting, and sharp, tight writing make Dark Waters a sure winner."
--J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of What Lies Behind
“Edgy and exciting
Rich with detail and bristling with suspense, you’ll want to put your life on hold to read this first-rate thriller.”
--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies
“Chris Goff's Dark Waters is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. The characters are real, the story is compelling and the action is heart-stopping. This one's a sure thing.”
--John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies and the Jonathan Grave thriller series
"Dark Waters is Chris Goff's breakout book. A relentless international thriller with a terrifying topic and an impressive heroine, Raisa Jordan. It's been a while since I had such fun reading the work of a fellow writer. Well done!"
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood, Brotherhood of the Rose, and Murder as a Fine Art
An American diplomat, an Israeli agent, and a radical group fight to control the flow of critical and deadly information in Goff's first thriller. Ben Taylor, a U.S. federal judge, has brought his daughter, Lucy, to Israel for alternative treatment of a potentially life-threatening disease, but he and Lucy unwittingly become embroiled in a murderous plot when they witness a killing in a nearby square. That brings Batya Ganani, a deadly Israeli agent, and her boss, the shadowy Col. Ilya Brodsky, into the picture. Also in on the action is Raisa Jordan, an officer with the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service. Jordan has been assigned to protect the judge and his daughter, but it's difficult because the judge isn't very cooperative. And an impending visit from the U.S. secretary of state means resources are spread thin. So, when Alena, the Russian woman treating Lucy, is kidnapped by some would-be terrorists, Jordan is forced into an uneasy partnership with Ganani. Goff's style is spare and slightly dry, but she does an admirable job of highlighting the struggle between Arab and Israeli factions in that part of the world, as well as shedding light on some of the little-known—at least by most Westerners—cultural issues they face. But much of the plot turns on coincidence, and readers will be hard-pressed to believe that Jordan's long-ago childhood in Russia could figure in as a critical piece of the modern-day puzzle with which she's dealing. In addition, when it comes to firearms and defensive tactics, the book lacks credibility. When Jordan slips into a hiked-up pencil skirt and fashions a makeshift thigh holster for her nearly 3 pound gun out of a belt she wraps around her thigh, then repeatedly draws, fires, and holsters that same weapon, readers knowledgeable about weapons—and pencil skirts—will most likely find themselves rolling their eyes. A story in need of better research, fewer coincidences, and a more definitive ending.