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What Doesn't Kill You

What Doesn't Kill You

A Novel

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press


In this breathtaking thriller What Doesn't Kill You , #1bestselling author Iris Johansen showcases one of her most fascinating characters—pitted against one of the most ruthless killers…

Abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong, Catherine Ling was schooled in the art of survival by the mysterious Hu Chang, a master assassin and poisoner. Now recruited by the CIA, Catherine finds herself caught between worlds when her mentor develops a formula that is extremely fatal, virtually untraceable—and highly coveted. On the hunt for this prize are a rogue operative, a band of criminals, and a man so evil he kills without remorse. Catherine will do anything to protect those she loves: Hu Chang and her son Luke. But she will have to use every deadly weapon, every double cross, every lethal lesson she ever learned—to prove that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger…


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...

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

Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Night, Blood Game, Eve, and Eight Days to Live, among others. She began writing after her children left home for college, and first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, she began writing suspense historical romance novels, and in 1996 she turned to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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