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By Taylor Stevens

“Munroe is a sensational personality and Stevens is a sensational writer.” —Lee baby, New York Times bestselling writer of the Jack Reacher series
For lovers of Lee baby, Terry Hayes, and Laura Lippman comes a blistering mystery within which Vanessa Michael Munroe faces the struggle of her life
Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and data hunter, has a name for buying issues performed: risky and never relatively criminal issues that experience taken her undercover into a few of the world’s deadliest areas. nonetheless therapeutic from a Somali hijacking long past mistaken and a brutal assault that left her close to loss of life, Munroe joins her lover, Miles Bradford, in Japan the place he’s operating as a safety advisor keeping high-value expertise from business espionage. within the domesticity in their regimen she reveals lengthy sought-after peace—until Bradford is arrested for homicide, and a similar pursuits who precise him come after her, too.
    Searching for solutions and combating to stick alive, Munroe will quickly become aware of how some distance she’ll visit shop Bradford from spending the subsequent 20 years in locked-up isolation; what percentage legislation she’ll holiday whilst the reality turns out worse than his lies; and who to belief and who she needs to kill. simply because she’s a strategist and hunter with a predator’s instincts, and the guy she loves has simply stabbed her within the again.  
     With break-neck pacing, incendiary prose, and an unforgettable forged of characters, The Mask gains Vanessa Michael Munroe: an excellent, deadly heroine who will cease at not anything to discover the reality, it doesn't matter what it can cost. 

“Stevens excels at depicting pulse-pounding probability, and her prose and plotting are stunning. . . . merely Dan Brown and Lee baby come close.” —Dallas Morning News
 “[Munroe is] a protagonist as lethal as she is irresistible.” —Vince Flynn
“If you're a fan of Jack Reacher, Lisbeth Salander, or Nina 0, you must try out Vanessa Michael Munroe!” —BookPage
“A profitable sequence personality who has the realm at her beck and call.” —Los Angeles Times

“Munroe’s brooding character and her skill to mixture into her atmosphere call to mind the provocative Jason Bourne.” —USA Today

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He did this to wreck me,” Alina stated. “He should be definite that i do know i'm valueless, that no guy will ever locate me appealing as soon as my outfits are off. He says that once he doesn’t desire my face to generate profits anymore, then he'll take that, too. ” “You attempted to run away? ” Alina nodded, lips taut, expression grim. Munroe provided her the jinbei back and this time Alina took it, slipping the cotton jacket over her shoulders, wrapping the belt round her waist, and knotting it with skilled fingers. Munroe pulled her T-shirt again on, sat at the mattress, and patted the gap beside her. Alina provided a mild smile, then, like a child, she knelt at the mattress and crawled throughout to the part that subsidized as much as the wall. She pulled the band out of her hair and lay again at the pillow and closed her eyes. Slowly, tears trickled down towards her ears, ultimately making water spots at the pillowcase. Munroe shifted and leaned opposed to the headboard. questions about Bradford chased one another in a race opposed to time, yet Munroe held them again, permitting the silence to settle, giving Alina an opportunity to soak up the chance that her torment could quickly be over. with no commencing her eyes, Alina whispered, “You promised to maintain me secure. how can you do this? ” “Keep you hidden whereas we paintings on getting you a brand new passport,” Munroe stated. “When you have got that, I’ll placed you on a airplane and ship you domestic. ” “I haven't any funds. ” “I know,” Munroe stated. “I think about it a value of doing business—payment in alternate for the knowledge you've. ” Alina seemed down at her chest and patted her crotch. “I inspiration perhaps, you recognize, I must have to shop for my method, yet no longer so? ” Munroe smiled, and Alina laughed a snot-wet snigger and dried her eyes. “I got here to Japan legally,” she acknowledged, “through an supplier in my nation. They lease ladies for the hostess undefined, placed them on agreement for many years, after which while the agreement is completed the ladies move domestic. I had many pals who've performed it. The paintings, it sucks, however the funds from years in Japan is going very some distance in creating a larger existence in Russia. you recognize of this stuff? ” Munroe nodded. Alina persisted in fluid fact-based sentences that neither performed for pity nor masked frustration and ache. She advised of ways while she’d arrived, her passport were involved in the certainty that the go back and forth records will be again while the agreement expired—how this used to be an permitted perform to assure that the organisation recouped its funds for transportation and housing, making sure the women didn’t take off to paintings all alone as soon as they’d arrived in Japan. yet in contrast to such a lot girls’, Alina’s passport and the passports of a handful of others who labored within the membership have been by no means given again. with out passports, they overstayed their visas, have been there illegally, have been petrified of the police and fearful of their bosses. the landlord of the service provider, additionally the landlord of the membership, claimed her for his personal, offering her with an condominium and garments and nutrients whereas taking from her the money she can have used to supply for herself, regularly threatening to throw her out into the streets, to strip from her the higher-classed privilege of hostessing and switch her to prostitution, after which to kill her and bury her the place not anyone could ever locate her.

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