What Doesn't Kill You

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press

It’s the deadliest poison known to man.

He’s the only one who knows its true power.

She’s the only one who can stop the evil.

The chase is on. . . .

Number-one bestselling author Iris Johansen showcases one of her most fascinating characters yet, pitted against one of the most ruthless killers, in a novel that will make you forget to breathe. . . .


Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang---a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates a formula that’s not only deadly but completely untraceable, the race begins to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself up against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive in her quest to protect those she cares about: Hu Chang and Luke---the son who was stolen from Catherine and only recently brought home safe. Using all of her formidable skills, Catherine Ling proves the age-old belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong and the darkest places of the human soul.



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Sai Tam Island, China

“WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY?” Venable, deputy director of the CIA, had his binoculars focused on the small cottage in the valley below. “Special Ops were supposed to go in from the rear fifteen minutes ago and take Hu Chang out of there.”
“It’s a difficult job,” Agent Gregory said. “The place is surrounded by mercenaries. You told Special Ops they had to get Hu Chang out alive.”
“You’re damn right. We have to know how much he told them and what he gave them.” Besides



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Praise for What Doesn't Kill You


“Johansen breathes life into her deeply drawn characters…Pulse-pounding.” --Suspense Magazine on CHASING THE NIGHT

“…those receptive to paranormal abilities and religious mysteries will find much to enjoy in this page-turner.”—Booklist on EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE

“Johansen is becoming a master of the macabre and paranormal thriller, and her latest riveting Eve Duncan tale has it all, from ghosts and secret cults to supernatural avengers.”—Booklist on BLOOD GAME

"Readers won't soon forget either the enigmatic hero or the monstrous villain. This one's chilling to the bone!"—RT Book Reviews on DEADLOCK

"The adrenaline-fueled narrative will keep Johansen fans eagerly turning the pages."--Publishers Weekly on QUICKSAND

 “Johansen delivers an exhilarating thriller filled with her trademark paranormal elements, truly heinous villains, and intriguing, multidimensional heroes.  [It] will keep the author’s fans on the edge of their seats."--Booklist on PANDORA'S DAUGHTER

 “Iris Johansen’s latest thriller is intense…[she] delivers again.”—The State on PANDORA'S DAUGHTER

“Johansen's latest mystery thriller is a worthwhile addition to her fine list of "gotta-finish-it-right-now" books.”—Flint Journal on PANDORA'S DAUGHTER

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  • IRIS JOHANSEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Eve, Quinn, Bonnie, Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Storm Cycle (w/Roy Johansen), Silent Thunder (w/Roy Johansen), Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora's Daughter, QuicksandKiller Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One To Trust and more.
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What Doesn't Kill You

Iris Johansen



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