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Description - Trance State by John Case

A promising young research fellow for a venerable think tank in Zurich has just filed his last report, as he is forced into a ghastly experiment. A seductive young woman travels to Florida and from her hotel room coolly sharpshoots a dying old man in a wheelchair. A psychologist who helps patients confront and dispel past trauma through hypnosis battles his own silent but emergent demons. In Trance State John Case combines these elements into a pulse-pounding, mind-twisting new thriller. Just what is the connection between the research fellow, the young assassin and the psychologist? After the young woman kills herself, why should her sister trust anyone who might have been involved with her? When unknown assassins burst into the psychologist's office, who is their target - him or the young woman's sister? Where is the deadly trail into the CIA's mind-control experiments leading them? Could this be another trap? Or could they be about to unearth a great and secret conspiracy at the heart of the Intelligence communities around the world and the deadly, dangerous people they employ?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099416487
ISBN-10: 0099416484
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 34mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Trance State by John Case

UK Kirkus Review » John Case is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Jim and Carolyn Hogan, whose earlier novels, The Genesis Code and The First Horseman, became bestsellers. This is another gripping thriller which rockets along at an exhilarating pace. Adrienne Cope is a bright young attorney, working round the clock for her boss with her eye on promotion. Her sister, Nikki, has been seeing a therapist, Jeff Duran, who is recovering horrific memories of Satanic abuse and murder from her childhood. When Nikki kills herself, Adrienne is determined to ruin Duran, convinced he is responsible for Nikki's suicide. But Duran is not who he seems. His own memories are unfamiliar and disjointed; tantalizing glimpses of a past he cannot remember infiltrate his daily life - the smell of the ocean, the taste of rum, chess games in the burning sun of Haiti. When Adrienne erupts into his life, accompanied by private eye Eddie Bonilla, she has gathered enough information to destroy his reputation. But someone else is after Duran, and after Bonilla is killed in a violent shoot-out in Duran's apartment the mismatched pair find themselves on the run. But who is after them, and who is being targeted - Adrienne or Duran? As the chase hots up, the revelations come thick and fast. When Ray Shaw, a psychiatrist with a special interest in unusual memory conditions, agrees to look at Duran's case, the horrific truth about his past is finally uncovered. The trail leads to Switzerland, where Gunnar Opdahl, Director of the Institute of Global Studies, is poised to bring about death and destruction on a cataclysmic scale. Mind control is usually regarded as the stuff of science fiction, but this novel is so convincing that the idea of ruthless scientists having the power to interfere with memory becomes frighteningly possible. This is definitely a thriller with an edge: disturbing and at times violent, it's a chilling reflection on the nature of evil, and the lengths unscrupulous individuals will go to in their search for ultimate power. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - John Case

John Case is the pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of Jim and Carolyn Hougan, both published authors in their own right. After Carolyn died in 2007, Jim left Washington and now lives in Aston, Virginia. For many years Jim Hougan has been a journalist specialising in intelligence issues. He has published widely in the field and has made several accalimed documentaries for US programmes including 60 Minutes. John Case is the author of six thriller novels including the New York Times bestseller, The Genesis Code.

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