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A Sam Dryden Novel

A Sam Dryden Novel (Volume 3)

Patrick Lee

Minotaur Books

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From the author of Runner, Sam Dryden comes under attack from unknown forces as an unremembered episode from his past threatens more than just his life.

On an otherwise normal morning, former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden is the target of an unsuccessful attempted abduction. Using his attacker's cellphone, he learns that another person, a woman named Danica Ellis, is also being targeted. Dryden arrives just in time to save Danica from the assault team sent after her. But neither of them recognize the other, or have any idea why they are being targeted. The only clue is a heavily redacted, official-looking document given to Danica by her stepfather before he was killed.

Dryden immediately recognizes it as a "scrub file." A scrub file is a record of what a subject knew before their memories were chemically destroyed. The redacted document refers to witnesses to a secret military site in Ashland, Iowa in 1989. Both Dryden and Danica Ellis lived in Ashland in 1989, when they were both twelve years old, though neither of them has any memory of the other.

Switching back and forth between the present day, when Dryden and Danica try to elude the forces that are after them, and the past in Ashland, Iowa, when both were twelve, making a discovery that forever changed their lives, this latest Sam Dryden novel proves yet again that Patrick Lee is one of the most original, compelling thriller writers today.

CHAPTER ONE


The last decision Danica Ellis made in her ordinary life—the life in which stress meant playing chicken with the rent due-date, and wondering if going back to school was another slow-motion train wreck of a mistake—was...

Praise for Dark Site

"Lee's imagination knows no boundaries, which makes the story elements completely unpredictable. He also knows how to pace the story to keep the reader from putting down the book. Just when it seems clear what's truly going on, another surprise appears." —Associated Press

"Dark Site reads like a Tom Clancy techno-thriller as channeled through Lee Child’s Jack Reacher... thriller writing of the highest order." —Providence Journal

"Dark Site is a suspenseful, action-fueled adventure filled with big mysteries and adrenaline-pumping sequences." —Mystery Scene

"As always, Lee builds tension superbly...Lee manages to build character and create an audacious premise without ever taking his foot off the throttle."Booklist (starred review)

"Riveting...This is a compulsive, nail-biting, stay-up-all-night thriller." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This latest Sam Dryden novel proves yet again that Patrick Lee is one of the most original, compelling thriller writers today." —The Real Book Spy

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Patrick Lee

PATRICK LEE is the author of the Sam Dryden novels, Runner and Signal, as well as the bestselling novels: The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky. Patrick Lee lives in Michigan.

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