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The Innocent

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The Innocent

Vanessa Michael Munroe Series, Book 2
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With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the bestselling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe. Eight years ago, a man walked...
With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the bestselling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe. Eight years ago, a man walked...
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  • With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the bestselling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe.

    Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who've searched the longest know where to find her. They are childhood survivors of The Chosen, thirty-somethings born and raised inside the cult who've managed to make lives for themselves on the outside. They understand the mindset, the culture within that world, and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that the only possibility of stealing Hannah back and getting her safely out of Argentina is to trust someone who doesn't trust them, and get Munroe on the inside.

    Tautly written, brilliantly paced, and with the same evocation of the exotic combined with chilling violence that made The Informationist such a success, The Innocent confirms Taylor Stevens' reputation as a thriller writer of the first rank.


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    Ten in the evening local time meant late afternoon in Dallas, still within the office hours of most businesses, although Logan expected that Capstone Consulting kept the phones running far later than the standard nine to five.

    He picked up the handset, exhaled, and dialed a call he'd never expected to make.
    Capstone was owned and operated by Miles Bradford, former Special Forces turned private contractor, the man who'd been by Munroe's side when the world had turned upside down. If there was ever a person who'd want to know about her current state, who'd be willing to get involved in a nightmare predicament for no other reason than that it involved her, that man was Bradford.

    Anticlimactically, Logan was put on hold. During the frustrating wait, he moved methodically about the room, scanning surfaces and opening drawers, careful to leave everything as he'd found it while the phone to his ear provided background music. He was checking beneath the sofa when Beethoven's Ninth was clipped short by a cheery voice announcing Capstone, as if it were some high-stakes New York marketing firm instead of the bullets-and-blood mercenary outfit Logan knew it to be.

    According to the receptionist, Bradford was out of the country.

    "I know you have a way to get in contact with him," Logan said.

    "Tell him that Michael's in trouble and that if he wants to talk to me, this line's only going to be clear for the next three or four hours."

    He recited the apartment's phone number, and after a routine reassurance that someone would get back to him, he hung up and moved on to the meager pantry.
    He was violating Munroe's space and her privacy, a deed not done lightly, hunting for what he knew was hidden somewhere nearby. He didn't need a visual to confirm his suspicions, but he did want the specifics in order to assess the damage.

    He was in the middle of Munroe's bathroom when the phone rang. Logan fumbled and then recovered. The wait had been thirty minutes, not a bad measure of Bradford's concern.

    There was static on the line and a few seconds' delay, but even through that Logan could hear the clipped, impatient quality of Bradford's tone.

    "I just got your message," he said. "What kind of trouble is she in?"
    Carefully scripted, Logan said, "The self-inflicted, oops-look-at-that-I'm-dead kind of trouble."

    There was a pregnant pause and Bradford said finally, "Suicide?"

    Logan closed his eyes and exhaled slowly. "No, she's very much alive. But she's self-medicating. And she's started carrying knives again."

    Silence, and then, "How long has this been going on?"

    "I have no idea. I flew into Morocco this morning and she met me at the airport. The signs are all there, she doesn't try to hide them--flaunts them, even--she's poking at me with them, like she wants me to know. I'm going to take a guess and say it's only been a few weeks. She just moved to Tangier, and it could be related."

    "Any idea what she's taking?"

    "Not sure," Logan said. "I'm trying to find out. Never thought I'd see the day she started this shit again, but if history's any predictor, it'll be legal and she'll have a fake prescription."

    Logan searched the nightstand drawers. "Anyway, she's out with Noah right now. I'm ransacking her apartment."
    Bradford exhaled a low whistle.

    "She won't know," Logan said. "Been there, done that, won't get caught."

    There was another pause and then Bradford said, "Logan, I'm in Afghanistan. There's no way for me to get out of here for another weekand until then I'm at a loss...

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  • San Francisco Bay Guardian

    "The best thriller of the year."

  • Library Journal "Impressive. . . . The gripping plot runs on adrenaline as much as does Vanessa, who unleashes her violent tendencies when the powerless are threatened. . . . Vanessa makes for an intriguing heroine--at once tough, fearless, vulnerable, and compassionate." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Much-anticipated. . . . Stevens vividly depicts a dark domain of manipulation, indoctrination, and abuse." --Booklist

    "Part Lisbeth Salander, part Jason Bourne, Munroe comes out swinging hard again. . . . A gritty, suspenseful novel."
  • Dallas News "If you haven't joined the Munroe bandwagon, now's the time to climb aboard."
  • Associated Press "Fans of thrillers who haven't yet discovered Stevens are in for a treat...Those who have eagerly awaited this sequel will be delighted to find the same intelligent writing, masterful pacing, and tense and fluid action scenes that feel ready-made for the cinema, and an intensely emotional core that lends Stevens' novel a depth not often found in the genre."
  • Shelf Awareness "A whirlwind thriller about a seriously a
  • -kicking female renegade battle against a hair-raising cult."
  • Austin Chronicle "Vanessa Michael Munroe earns her spot in the roll call next to a certain dragon-tattooed individual by virtue of calculated calm and serious self-defense skills."
  • Parkersburg News & Sentinel "[A] story about a tough-as-nails spy with a tortured past who is fighting to overcome her demons and save a young girl in the process. This one kept me up all night reading...If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller, check this one out."
  • Galveston Daily News "...as fast-paced, exciting and violent as Stevens' first novel. If you enjoy action thrillers, you do not want to miss "The Innocent."
  • USA Today "The Innocent...is a provocative story about a women's tortured soul."
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