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Killing Pace    by Douglas Schofield order for
Killing Pace
by Douglas Schofield
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Minotaur, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I have enjoyed two of Douglas Schofield's previous novels (Time of Departure and Storm Rising), each unique. Killing Pace is again different from both of them and his best yet.

We meet the heroine, Lisa Green, as she crawls out of a wrecked car near Everglades City, Florida. She's barefoot, bleeding, and with a needle in her forearm. She has no memory. A man named Roland Lewis shows up, claiming to be her boyfriend. He takes her to his isolated homestead and effectively keeps her prisoner there, locking her in a safe room whenever he leaves. Though she doesn't trust him, Lisa appears compliant, manipulating him to let her accompany him to town. There she makes her escape and it's a kick ass one.

Her memories return. As they do, readers are taken back in time to 2014 Sicily. There Customs and Border Protection Officer Sarah Lockhart, with the help of senior UN official Renate Richter, uncovers a baby laundering operation with connections to high US officials. Sarah speaks fluent Italian as her mother died fighting in the Italian Resistance.

Back in Florida, Lisa/Sarah is helped by Detective Scott Jardine, who informs her that there's a warrant out for her arrest, for murder and kidnapping. She escapes police custody, and starts working to clear her name, and to expose the real culprits. She keeps in touch with Detective Jardine who continues to help her, though against his better judgment. An old hacker friend and Renate Richter also provide resources, as does an unlikely ally. This thriller is fast-moving and gripping from the first page to the last - not to be missed!

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