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“Stevens’s blazingly brilliant debut introduces a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn’t have to kick over a hornet’s nest to get attention, though her feral, take-no-prisoners attitude reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander….Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred, boxed review
Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information—expensive information—working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back.
A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge. Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.
Gripping, ingenious, and impeccably paced, The Informationist marks the arrival or a thrilling new talent.
From the Hardcover edition.
"When hired to locate the missing daughter of a billionaire, the skilled information-tracker, Vanessa 'Michael' Munroe must use her skills to track down possible leads and determine if the girl is even still alive. Munroe's information moves her into increasingly dangerous predicaments as she moves (and is moved) about the world to find the daughter. Stevens spins a compelling and suspenseful narrative that is only enhanced by Hillary Huber's performance. Huber's cool delivery adds to Monroe's toughness and well-composed persona. She's vocally lively but controlled, befitting the character who must keep a level head as she survives perilous encounters. At other times, Huber's voice has a certain sardonic tone that works equally well with the narrative. Additionally, Huber executes strong dialogue among characters, not only keeping consistency but also maintaining necessary tension among certain characters. A Crown hardcover. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Born into the Children of God, raised in communes across the globe, and denied an education beyond the sixth grade, Taylor Stevens broke free of the cult in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and is writing a third Vanessa Michael Munroe novel.
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