by Olga Bicos

September 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2076-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Rachel Maza is a young woman, not yet 21. Sheís a child prodigy, and has completed school at an accelerated pace. Sheís now working for her family pharmaceuticals company. This is not her first choice of career path, but she does excel at it. It is the career path chosen for her by her older, domineering brother, Gunnar.

As head of Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, Gunnar is trying to push the edge of medicine and technology. He cannot do this if he does not keep a tight rein not only on Rachel, but on a number of different people throughout the story.

Rachelís closest friend is a college professor, Ana Kimble. Ana is divorced from her husband, a close associate of Gunnar's. She has just found out that she has been denied tenure from her college, thus effectively being out of a job. When Rachel calls her and asks her to go on an exotic vacation with her it seems to be just what the Dr. ordered.

The trip is not quite the one Ana thought she was getting. Itís about as far from paradise as a trip can be. Itís wrought with danger not only for Rachel, but for herself as well. When Rachel goes missing, Ana has no choice but to decide to trust Nick, a man she saw at the airport, and who has followed them on their trip.

I felt that Rachel was going to be the main heroine in the story, but that she was overshadowed by Ana and Nick. In fact when the story winds up you are left with the feeling you know where Ana and Nick are headed, but what about Rachel, and the man who abducted her?

Dead Easy is a book with a lot of action, and many subplots. I personally tend to be a reader who often has to read a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Dead Easy is not a read on the fly kind of book. It is one which requires a minimum of distractions from your allotted reading time.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Sandi.

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