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Publishers Weekly
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In bestseller Pearson's fine sequel to 2012's The Risk Agent, philanthropist Graham Winston-who's famous for supporting causes like Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch, and Doctors Without Borders-hires Rutherford Risk, a private security firm, to shut down an illegal Amsterdam rug factory that uses kidnapped girls as forced labor. Risk's field operations manager, David Dulwich, puts security agent John Knox, who supports "Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch, Victoria's Secret and Apple," and Knox's partner, former forensic accountant and computer expert Grace Chu, on the case. Knox, who's big and tough, is attracted to Grace, who wants to prove herself as an able field agent, but he's unsure how she feels about him. They make a good team, with his brawn and her brains, as they fight and kill their way to the top of the child-abuse cabal. Plenty of action and some steamy sex help make the pages fly by. Author tour. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal
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John Knox and Grace Chu (The Risk Agent) return in another high-stakes international thriller set this time in Amsterdam. Their boss has an assignment that drops the duo into the world of child slave labor. Knox and Chu's usual methods of obtaining information are thrown out the window because potential sources know they will die if they talk. Knox teams up with a reporter who cares more about the story than about safety, and everyone is seeking a little girl who holds the key to stopping the abuse. VERDICT Drawing on the horrors of the international trade in child slaves, Pearson has written another compelling thriller. Knox and Chu are protagonists who engage the reader. Although the book sometimes seems like a prolonged ad for Apple products, it is still a winner for the author's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/12.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Rutherford Risk agents Grace Chu and John Knox return (after The Risk Agent, 2012), this time to Amsterdam's hidden-in-plain-sight underworld, where they're assigned to shut down a recently exposed child-labor operation. The criminals quickly silence witnesses by kidnapping an escaped child worker and killing an investigating EU official, shielding themselves behind an army of thugs and neighborhood spies. Working without a backup team, Chu and Knox are forced to execute a delicate scheme of tandem undercover operations with each cover dangerously close to outing the next. Unexpectedly, Rutherford Risk decides to pull out, leaving the pair only hours to track the ringleaders and rescue the children. The assignment's intensity targets both characters' Achilles heels, and the resulting missteps further the action and highlight humanizing flaws. Knox lowers his guard for a reckless affair, and Chu struggles to establish her position in the male-dominated security industry, while both remain confused by the feelings they each to their partnership. It's obvious why Pearson has earned praise as thriller grand master; the pacing is flawlessly anxiety ridden, and the investigative elements are richly layered, particularly regarding undercover operations and tech espionage.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal
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John Knox and Grace Chu (The Risk Agent) return in another high-stakes international thriller set this time in Amsterdam. Their boss has an assignment that drops the duo into the world of child slave labor. Knox and Chu's usual methods of obtaining information are thrown out the window because potential sources know they will die if they talk. Knox teams up with a reporter who cares more about the story than about safety, and everyone is seeking a little girl who holds the key to stopping the abuse. VERDICT Drawing on the horrors of the international trade in child slaves, Pearson has written another compelling thriller. Knox and Chu are protagonists who engage the reader. Although the book sometimes seems like a prolonged ad for Apple products, it is still a winner for the author's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/12.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.