What Lies Behind

Mira: Harlequin. (Samantha Owens, Bk. 4). Jun. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780778316503. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781460346990. F
Former medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens teaches at Georgetown University Medical School and consults for the FBI's behavioral unit. When her friend Homicide Lieutenant Darren Fletcher invites her to a crime scene in her neighborhood to offer a fresh set of eyes, she has no idea what is unfolding. Discovering vials of potentially lethal substances leads Sam to suspect something more menacing than a domestic dispute that turned into murder/suicide. The investigation intensifies to include the FBI, the State Department, bioterrorism, computer encryption, and international espionage. At the same time, Sam's love interest Xander finds himself in a precarious situation while providing protection for an international mogul. The danger to Sam and those close to her grows as clues are uncovered, Sam's and Xander's cases intersect, and threats of a national pandemic loom. In a side story that promises to recur in the series, Sam unwittingly becomes the target of a serial murderer/stalker.
VERDICT The fourth Samantha Owens novel (after When Shadows Fall) moves from forensics to international bioterrorism, and the results are breathtaking! Thriller fanatics craving an action-packed novel of intrigue will be abundantly rewarded.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing