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The Perfect Witness

The Perfect Witness

A Novel

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press

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A New York Times bestseller from Iris Johansen, author of the Eve Duncan novels.

She had the perfect life.
She had the perfect cover.
She was the perfect witness.
Until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people's memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run.

Out of nowhere, or so she believes, a man by the name of Andre Mandak appears. He kills her pursuers—but that's not nearly enough for Teresa to trust him. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection, along with his mind-blowing ability to help her control her gift before it consumes her, that convinces Teresa Casali to become Allie Girard. Living a normal life with a new family, she shuts the door to the past …although Mandak is clear: when the time is right, he too will benefit from her powers.

For years Allie flourishes …until the day her cover is blown and the truth comes tumbling out. Once again she is on the run, with her own life and those of her loved ones at stake. But this time she will not be a pawn. This time she will use her finely honed gift to end the threat that began with her family's betrayal. From perfect target to perfect witness, Allie Girard is ready to take on the past even if it… More…

A New York Times bestseller from Iris Johansen, author of the Eve Duncan novels.

She had the perfect life.
She had the perfect cover.
She was the perfect witness.
Until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people's memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run.

Out of nowhere, or so she believes, a man by the name of Andre Mandak appears. He kills her pursuers—but that's not nearly enough for Teresa to trust him. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection, along with his mind-blowing ability to help her control her gift before it consumes her, that convinces Teresa Casali to become Allie Girard. Living a normal life with a new family, she shuts the door to the past …although Mandak is clear: when the time is right, he too will benefit from her powers.

For years Allie flourishes …until the day her cover is blown and the truth comes tumbling out. Once again she is on the run, with her own life and those of her loved ones at stake. But this time she will not be a pawn. This time she will use her finely honed gift to end the threat that began with her family's betrayal. From perfect target to perfect witness, Allie Girard is ready to take on the past even if it kills her.

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CHAPTER ONE

SHE WAS BLEEDING …



The pain in her side was almost overwhelming.

Teresa could hear the three men behind her in the forest, crashing through the underbrush.

Run.

No time to try to...

Praise for The Perfect Witness

“Ms. Johansen builds the fires of intrigue with each moment, each turn of the page, and each stroke of her masterful pen.” —Affaire de Coeur on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“In a genre laden with macho, action-hero figures, Johansen's shrewd and steely female operative is as tough as they come.” —Booklist on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“In addition to being a thriller master, Johansen excels at seeding in paranormal elements that kick her stories into a new gear. Top-notch and absorbing!” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“Johansen brings her tautly paced trilogy to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” —Booklist on SILENCING EVE

“Building to a shocking conclusion, Johansen's paranormal suspense thriller will have fans of Eve's exploits clamoring for the trilogy's final installment.” —Booklist on HUNTING EVE

“A layered, thrilling read.” —Kirkus Reviews on HUNTING EVE

“Superstar Johansen makes it look intriguing and suspenseful as she kicks off another trilogy within her Eve Duncan series…Johansen never misses!” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on TAKING EVE

“Filled with intriguing twists and characters and an overarching mystery that will keep fans coming back.” —Kirkus Reviews on TAKING EVE

“This is an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, page-turner of a book.” —Night Owl Reviews on TAKING EVE

“Johansen expertly ratchets up the suspense as the action builds to a shocking conclusion.” —Publisher's Weekly on TAKING EVE

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“Ms. Johansen builds the fires of intrigue with each moment, each turn of the page, and each stroke of her masterful pen.” —Affaire de Coeur on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“In a genre laden with macho, action-hero figures, Johansen's shrewd and steely female operative is as tough as they come.” —Booklist on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“In addition to being a thriller master, Johansen excels at seeding in paranormal elements that kick her stories into a new gear. Top-notch and absorbing!” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on LIVE TO SEE TOMORROW

“Johansen brings her tautly paced trilogy to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” —Booklist on SILENCING EVE

“Building to a shocking conclusion, Johansen's paranormal suspense thriller will have fans of Eve's exploits clamoring for the trilogy's final installment.” —Booklist on HUNTING EVE

“A layered, thrilling read.” —Kirkus Reviews on HUNTING EVE

“Superstar Johansen makes it look intriguing and suspenseful as she kicks off another trilogy within her Eve Duncan series…Johansen never misses!” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on TAKING EVE

“Filled with intriguing twists and characters and an overarching mystery that will keep fans coming back.” —Kirkus Reviews on TAKING EVE

“This is an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, page-turner of a book.” —Night Owl Reviews on TAKING EVE

“Johansen expertly ratchets up the suspense as the action builds to a shocking conclusion.” —Publisher's Weekly on TAKING EVE

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Reviews from Goodreads

Iris Johansen

IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn't Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve, Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora's Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One To Trust and more. And with her son, Roy Johansen, she has coauthored Sight Unseen., Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.

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