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No Easy Target

No Easy Target

A Novel

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press

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New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with another thriller, No Easy Target

Margaret Douglas has worked hard to put her painful past behind her. Raised off the grid in an abusive home, her only escape was the nearby forest where she sought refuge whenever she could. There, in the peaceful woods, she discovered a strange gift: the ability to understand animals and to communicate with them. And so those creatures became her only friends, her only joy during a desolate childhood. Now Margaret wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, close to the animals and under the radar. But her abilities have not gone unnoticed and there are those who would use them for their own purposes. Determined not to be a pawn in anyone’s game, every time someone gets too close, Margaret uproots her life and outruns them.

When John Lassiter breaks into Margaret’s apartment, she vanishes again, but Lassiter has good reason to be persistent. As a CIA operative, he owes his life to his men , one of whom is being held captive by an unrelenting enemy—an enemy who has set his sights on Margaret. Which means that Lassiter must control her to use her as bait.

With danger in hot pursuit, Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to stop or be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has ever learned to not only survive, but to defeat a great evil. And to prove once and for all that she’s no easy target.

CHAPTER ONE


San Diego Zoo

Not mine!

Don’t get angry. Margaret Douglas tried to make the thought soothing. But there was little you could do to soothe a female tiger as bad-tempered as Zaran. Margaret...

Praise for No Easy Target

Praise for The Novels of Iris Johansen:

Hide Away

"This first-rate novel of romantic suspense will please Johansen’s many fans and newcomers alike." –Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Hide Away

Shadow Play

“Thrilling, emotional and down-right riveting certainly sum up this incredible tale!” –RT Book Reviews

“Eve Duncan novels by Johansen are so good that, supernatural or not, readers and fans remain completely engaged.” –Suspense Magazine

Your Next Breath

“Delivering gut-wrenching emotion and spine-tingling suspense is what Johansen does best, and when you add in a touch of the supernatural...you get the perfect storm of a thriller! Johansen never disappoints!” –RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

“Gripping…Iris Johansen’s talent in character development, impeccable plotting, and remarkable depiction is nonpareil.” –Reader to Reader

The Perfect Witness

"An enticing hook and compelling storytelling.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This page-turner builds to a breathless conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly

Live to See Tomorrow

"Johansen builds the fires of intrigue with each moment, each turn of the page, and each stroke of her masterful pen." —Affaire de Coeur

"In a genre laden with macho, action-hero figures, Johansen’s shrewd and steely female operative is as tough as they come." —Booklist

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Iris Johansen

IRIS JOHANSEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Play, Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, 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, and more. With her son, Roy Johansen, she co-authored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle and Silent Thunder.

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