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by Dana Haynes
Minotaur Books, March 2013
343 pages
ISBN: 1250009634

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Daria Gibron is a former Shin-Bet agent who is now in exile in the United States. Currently, she is working with the FBI as an interpreter with Ray Calabrese serving as her handler. Gibron is way too much of an adrenaline junkie to be tied to a desk and is prone to taking freelance jobs as an operative. She's about to meet with a former contact in France when she is alerted by an anonymous source that she's been set up. All hell breaks loose when she becomes associated with a Syrian agent, Khalid Belhadj. It appears that she is joining forces with a known terrorist and that they are planning to murder the President of the United States. Most of the intelligence community readily believes this scenario, although Calabrese insists that she is not a threat.

Gibron and Belhadj are involved in a high-stakes game of hide and seek. Initially distrustful of one another, they work together to overcome the threats against them. Most of the chaos is attributable to a Massad agent named Eli Schullman who has come up with an ingenious plan to hijack a lethal shipment. Only CIA agent John Broom has concluded that the real danger has to do with this shipment and not an assassination attempt.

Haynes does a good job of developing the relationship between Gibron and Belhadj, as well as revealing the motivations of their prey. The conclusion of the book is a bit over the top when you think about it, but one expects a certain level of implausibility in a thriller of this type. ICE COLD KILL is very fast paced, as befits a protagonist who is action personified and just about unstoppable.

Formerly a training development manager for a large company, Maddy is now retired and continues to enable the addiction of crime fiction fans as owner of the online discussion group, 4 Mystery Addicts(4MA), while avidly reading in every possible free moment herself.

Reviewed by Maddy Van Hertbruggen, April 2013

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