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The Perfect Witness

The Perfect Witness

A Novel

Iris Johansen

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

She was the perfect witness—until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young, she discovered that she could read people's memories. But this strange gift became a curse when her mob boss father used Teresa to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa finds herself defenseless and alone…until, from seemingly out of nowhere, she meets the mysterious Andre Mandak. Armed with a chilling set of skills, Mandak can protect Teresa and kill her pursuers. But can she trust him?

Now she's the perfect target—and there's nowhere left to hide…
With Mandak's help, Teresa learns to control her power before it consumes her. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection that convinces Teresa to assume a new identity: she becomes Allie Girard and tries to forget Teresa Casali ever existed. For years "Allie" lives a normal life with a new family…until the day her cover is blown and the truth spreads like wildfire. Now she will have to use her finely-honed gift to end the threat that began with her family's betrayal. Nothing can stop her from revealing the truth…even if it kills her.

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

“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 operativ 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, [this] thriller will have fans of Eve's exploits clamoring for the trilogy's final installment…” —Booklist on HUNTING EVE

“Picks up the cliffhanger ending from the first book and concludes with another gut-wrenching cliffhanger. Readers barely get a chance to breathe as the action moves from the peril Eve faces to the desperate lengths her friends and family are prepared to go to save her. Vintage Johansen!” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick, 4 stars) on HUNTING EVE

“Johansen expertly ratchets up the suspense as the action builds to a riveting conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly on TAKING EVE

“Keeping a long-running series both intriguing and suspenseful is no easy task, but superstar Johansen makes it look that way as she kicks off another trilogy within her Eve Duncan series. Johansen wastes no time throwing… More…

“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 operativ 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, [this] thriller will have fans of Eve's exploits clamoring for the trilogy's final installment…” —Booklist on HUNTING EVE

“Picks up the cliffhanger ending from the first book and concludes with another gut-wrenching cliffhanger. Readers barely get a chance to breathe as the action moves from the peril Eve faces to the desperate lengths her friends and family are prepared to go to save her. Vintage Johansen!” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick, 4 stars) on HUNTING EVE

“Johansen expertly ratchets up the suspense as the action builds to a riveting conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly on TAKING EVE

“Keeping a long-running series both intriguing and suspenseful is no easy task, but superstar Johansen makes it look that way as she kicks off another trilogy within her Eve Duncan series. Johansen wastes no time throwing Eve into the fight of her life...Johansen never misses!” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on TAKING EVE

“A successful Johansen novel, filled with intriguing twists and characters and an overarching mystery that will keep fans coming back for Book 2.” —Kirkus Reviews on TAKING EVE

“A dynamically chilling start to a new trilogy in the ongoing Eve Duncan saga. The pulse-pounding plot …will keep readers glued to the pages with anticipation.” —Fresh Fiction on TAKING EVE

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