Gripping, suspenseful, exciting these are just a few of the praises earned by Iles's previous best-selling books, and they also describe his new one. Photojournalist Jordan Glass is still recovering from the disappearance of her twin sister when, in a Hong Kong museum, she comes face to face with a painting of what may be her sister's dead body. The painting is part of a collection by an anonymous artist made up entirely of nude portraits of women who are missing. Jordan's discovery puts in motion a sequence of events that forces her to confront long-buried secrets and finally deal with the fallout. Iles's obvious ability to plot is strongly supported by fully developed characters, particularly Jordan, and background stories that work as far more than filler. The appearance of the FBI's Daniel Baxter and Dr. Arthur Lenz from Mortal Fear is not just an arbitrary device but a well-thought-out inclusion that will appeal to fans while furthering a complex, fast-paced story. For popular fiction collections. Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Another top-notch tale of suspense from Iles (24 Hours, 2000, etc.), who this time around finds the clues to a series of grisly murders in an art gallery. The heroine is one Jordan Glass, a photojournalist who is taking some time off from her job in the hopes of getting over the trauma of her sister's murder in New Orleans the year before. On vacation in Hong Kong, Jordan visits the Museum of Chinese Art to see a controversial exhibition of female nudes. The controversy of the paintings is not related to the nudity of the subjects, however-it's a question of whether the women in the paintings (by an unknown artist) were posing alive or dead. It's a macabre scene, to be sure, but what makes things even worse is the reaction of the other museumgoers to Jordan: They stare at her as if she were a ghost as soon as she enters the gallery. When she gets to the end of the show, she sees why: One of the portraits is of her dead sister. Now the time for forgetting is past, and Jordan sets off with the FBI to track down her sister's murderer. Since he is probably a serial killer, there are more lives at stake, and Jordan works under an increasing sense of dread as she pursues her quarry from Hong Kong to New York to New Orleans to the Caribbean. As in all good mysteries, Jordan discovers a few secrets about herself in the process, not to mention plenty of family skeletons she had never imagined. But there's more to defend this time than her family's reputation-or hers. A nice, sharply drawn plot that never goes slack and reaches a surprising conclusion in good time.
A potent thriller.”—*The New York Times
“Filled with so much action that it deserves to be read in one long and satisfying session.”—Chicago Tribune
“Perfectly calibrated suspense...Iles keeps the reader guessing right up to the double surprise ending, delivering the perfect final payoff.”—Publishers Weekly
“Gripping, suspensful, exciting.”—Library Journal
“Iles deftly sets up his plot, introducing a string of memorable characters and taking the reader on a ride that’s as fast as any techno-thriller and as well thought out as an Agatha Christie mystery...Grade A.”—Rocky Mountain News
“Atmospheric, sexy, and provocative in its depiction of the duality of human nature.”—Booklist