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Title:
Liars' paradox
ISBN:
9781496718631
Edition:
1st Kensington hardcover ed.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they've been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-wracking psychological games. As they grew older they came to question her motives, her methods--and her sanity. Now twenty-six years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare's off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they're forced to believe the unthinkable: Their mother's paranoid delusions have been real all along. To find her, they'll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they'll have to draw on every skill she's trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. Everyone, it seems, wants them dead--and, for one of the twins, it's a threat that's frighteningly familiar and dangerously close to home. --
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They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they've been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-wracking psychological games. As they grew older they came to question her motives, her methods-and her sanity . . .

Now twenty-six years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare's off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they're forced to believe the unthinkable- Their mother's paranoid delusions have been real all along. To find her, they'll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they'll have to draw on every skill she's trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. Everyone, it seems, wants them dead-and, for one of the twins, it's a threat that's frighteningly familiar and dangerously close to home . . .

Filled with explosive action, suspense, and powerful human drama, Liars' Paradox is world-class intrigue at its finest.


Author Notes

Taylor Stevens is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers including the breakout hit The Informationist . Best known for high-octane stories populated with fascinating characters in vivid boots-on-the-ground settings, her books have been optioned for film and published in over twenty languages. In addition to writing novels, Stevens shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and the details of her journey into publishing at www.taylorstevensbooks.com. She welcomes you to join her.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This high-octane series launch from Stevens (The Mask) introduces twins Jonathan and Julia Smith, aka Jack and Jill. Starting at age five, the siblings lived like spies, constantly changing names and moving from country to country while learning guerilla and psychological warfare from their mother, Clare. As teenagers, they came to suspect that their mother was mentally ill, so when the now-estranged 26-year-olds receive an urgent maternal summons, they assume that Clare is in the grips of yet another paranoid delusion-until her off-the-grid Texas compound explodes. With Clare missing and mercenaries swarming the property, Jack and Jill go on the run, determined to locate their mother and learn the truth about their past. Abundant action, unexpected twists, and a kaleidoscopic narrative keep the pace brisk and the tension high. Stevens takes too long to develop her point-of-view characters, which undermines the story's drama and lessens its emotional heft, but the cinematic plot entertains, and a nail-biting conclusion gratifies while raising the stakes for book two. Agent: Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Assoc. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.