What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press, 2012, 406 pages)
Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang—a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now, she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. Then her old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about. Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.
I’ve read many books by this author, so naturally I had to read this one. It did not disappoint! What Doesn’t Kill You is a definite nail-biter! The suspense is incredible! There is a lot of “Kick Butt” action that will keep you on edge. If you have read her Eve Duncan books you have met Catherine and John. In this book you get to know them. And in the ending you get to know their hearts and passions. One can tell by the ending that we will meet these characters again, and I for one am looking forward to it. It’s an entertaining read! This story has all of the same passion and strengths that all of the Eve Duncan books have. I raise my glass to Iris Johansen!