Friday, June 27, 2014

Phantom Instinct

Phantom Instinct
Meg Gardiner
Dutton Adult
June 26, 2014

Idgie Says:
What would you do if you watched your boyfriend gunned down in front of you, if you felt that perhaps for some reason the killer was heading toward you too, and then after the horror of that night keep seeing a suspicious shadow watching you?  How about if you KNOW you saw three shooters that night but everyone else only saw two - so the police don't believe you - and the only other person who also saw three people has a brain injury from that night and is not considered reliable?  

This is the premise of the book and the pages remain and intense and on edge as you wait to find out who's right, who's wrong........and who will stay safe until the last page.  Is there a killer after Harper?  And if so, why?

A good, fast criminal mystery read. 

 Click HERE to read an excerpt

Book Description: When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?

At the door, the harsh-eyed man and woman surveyed the room in slow tandem, like twin Terminators. Drew leaned on the bar, rattling the ice in his glass. Harper took the Cuervo Gold from the shelf. The first sound was a muffled pop. The man and woman with the gunslinger eyes turned toward the high roller’s booth. Harper’s skin prickled. A second report hammered beneath the drumbeat. It was unmistakable, a noise she knew from the firing range and a thousand TV shows, a sound it seemed she had been expecting all her life: gunfire.
In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.
When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the crossfire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff’s detective Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her, a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.

A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootout has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.

Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli Syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.

As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.