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Description - Blind Run by Patricia Lewin

Sydney has worked hard to get her life back together after the death of her young son and the subsequent break-down of her marriage. She's not ready for her ex-husband to walk back into her life. But now Ethan Decker needs Sydney's help. Once an agent for one of the most secretive departments of the US government, Ethan's job had been to track ruthless international mercenaries and fugitives. After the loss of his son, Ethan had turned his back on his wife, his mission and his former life, to live in self-imposed exile in the desert. But Ethan's past catches up with him when he is visited by a former colleague who entrusts Ethan with the safety of two young children before being killed. The Spanish coin he finds under her tongue is a mark Ethan hoped never to see again: the mark of the assassin Ramirez. And if Ramirez is back then Sydney herself is in danger. The race is on: for Ethan and Sydney to stay one step ahead of Ramirez, whilst protecting their two young charges and attempting to unlock the mystery of why they also appear to be on Ramirez's hit list.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749906337
ISBN-10: 0749906332
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Blind Run by Patricia Lewin

US Kirkus Review » Unremarkable thriller debut about an undercover agent who has to find out what's happening on an island of dark secrets. It takes two children to break Ethan Decker's self-imposed exile in the New Mexico desert. Decker has gone into isolation because he blames himself for the death of his son and for the subsequent breakup of his marriage. But then Anna Kelsey arrives. Kelsey was once Decker's partner at what is called "the Agency," but now she brings two children who, she says, need Decker's protection. She then skips off-only to turn up murdered. Checking her cell phone, Decker discovers that she'd tried to call his ex-wife Sydney. Fearing Sydney may be next on someone's hit list, and realizing that he can't "outrun fate," Decker takes the kids, Danny ("Eleven, twelve maybe") and the younger Callie, and rushes to Sydney in Dallas. Having won "an uphill struggle" to live alone, Sydney calls the police when Ethan appears. But she's forced to join him when an assassin on the balcony of her apartment blasts away the officers, narrowly missing her and Ethan. She, Ethan, and the kids hit the road. Through intervening scenes on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where Danny, Callie, and other children had been sent for unexplained reasons (which a reader easily perceives), there emerge details of scientists performing strange experiments on their wards. Clever Danny, meanwhile, has hacked from Agency computers the name of an Illinois man who may be his father, and off the four go to find him. On the way, Callie develops a dangerously high fever-the result of island experiments?-and is rushed to a hospital, "where life and death balanced on a razor's edge." A standoff at the alleged father's house sends Ethan racing back to the island to confront former Agency operatives. Danny tags along, Callie recovers, and Sydney edges back toward Ethan. Only the cliches, banalities, triteness, and stereotypes quicken the pulse. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Patricia Lewin

Patricia Lewin lives with her husband outside Boston where she is at work on her next novel. BLIND RUN is her first novel.