Emily Hudson and her partner Joel Levy cannot wait to get out of Afghanistan. As artifacts experts for the U.N. they often travel to remote places, but this one is the worst. It also appears to be a wild goose chase as the objects they were sent to retrieve are not in the small museum as expected. They are on their way out when things go horribly wrong.
Former CIA operative John Garrett has no interest in rejoining the Company, but something about the Hudson-Levy abduction has set off his radar. When he is called to assist, he feels compelled to step in where so many others would not. He can't shake the feeling that this is no ordinary kidnapping. Something deeper and much darker is involved.
Author Iris Johansen takes readers around the globe in Deadlock, her newest novel. From the war-torn Near-East to Russia, the ripples of this case are felt worldwide. The suspense never ceases as readers are offered a gritty, realistic picture of life in regions where violence is the first response. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is a book for anyone who wants to be captured and held captive by fine writing, compelling characters and gripping action. On a personal level, this book read like an action film – fast paced and thrilling in every scene. Don't for a minute think that the romance takes a back seat, however. John is attracted to Emily long before he meets her in person. The passion that flares between them is believable and not out of sync with the rest of the activity. It is perfectly placed, a testament to Ms. Johansen's superlative craft.