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With page-turning ferocity, Will Staeger delivers a stylistic blend of riveting action, thrilling suspense, and starkly alluring characters in this classic tale of espionage laced with a twist of modern-day terror . . .

The quasi-retired, Virgin Islands-based CIA operative known only as W. Cooper lives his life free-diving and philandering along a quarter-mile of white sand—a necessary slice of paradise for a man seeking to kill the pain of torturous memories. His life of leisure is rudely interrupted, however, when he's tapped by the local police to "dispose" of a bullet-ridden, mysteriously scarred body deposited on the island's shore by a passing hurricane. Sensing the cops are merely looking to duck the labor of a proper homicide investigation, Cooper declines—only to encounter a haunting form of déjà vu that brings with it a strange sense of comradeship with the anonymous victim. Knowing he'd be better off leaving well enough alone, Cooper decides to investigate where no one else seems willing.

At CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, junior analyst Julie Laramie discovers, almost by accident, evidence of a massive, clandestine military buildup in China—and elsewhere. Alerting her superiors in her typically alarmist fashion, she's reprimanded for violating Agency protocol and told to leave policymaking to the elected officials. Like Cooper, Laramie knows she should walk away, but her gut drives her on a course toward career suicide—and a bounty of evidence only she seems to see. What she sees? A labyrinthine, untraceable terrorist plot designed to cripple the United States.

Led down parallel paths littered with a uniquely dark and compelling cast of enemies—a zombifying Haitian witch doctor, a slave-trading albino serial killer, and a Creatine-boosted behemoth bodybuilder to name just three—Cooper and Laramie find themselves drawn together from opposite ends of a terrifying conspiracy. With the clock ticking down, the two realize they may be all that stands in the way of the annihilation of the existing world order.

A dynamic and complex story featuring powerful writing, magnetic characters, and a terrifyingly realistic premise, Will Staeger's debut marks him as the newest star on the thriller horizon. So beware . . . like the Caribbean cocktail with which this book shares its name, Painkiller is deceptively tasty—and exceedingly dangerous.

Synopsis:

A talented new writer introduces a classic antihero reminiscent of the original James Bond in an innovative and highly contemporary international terror tale with all the hallmarks of a classic espionage thriller.

Synopsis:

Life in the Virgin Islands is good for semi-retired CIA operative W. Cooperand#8212;easy, quiet, restful . . . safe. But then the Tortola police ask him to discreetly dispose of a scarred and bullet-ridden body that a passing hurricane inconveniently dumped on the island's shoreand#8212;and the ex-spook's training, tradecraft, and curiosity inadvertently kick in.

Plunging recklessly into an ill-advised investigation, Cooper is soon way over his headand#8212;awash in terrorism, voodoo, a massive clandestine military arms build up, slave-trading, and serial murderand#8212;and swimming frantically toward a beautiful junior analyst from Langley who's busy investigating her own terrifying conspiracy that may well be connected with Cooper's. The two soon discover that they are going to need to connect the dots and fast, since they are all that stands in the way of the total annihilation of the current world order.

About the Author

Will Staeger has worked for ESPN as an executive producer of original entertainment, and in Hollywood as a feature-film development executive. He lives with his wife and children in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060765880
Author:
Staeger, Will
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Will Staeger
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Undercover operations
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20060425
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.78x4.22x1.05 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages HarperTorch - English 9780060765880 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A talented new writer introduces a classic antihero reminiscent of the original James Bond in an innovative and highly contemporary international terror tale with all the hallmarks of a classic espionage thriller.

"Synopsis" by , Life in the Virgin Islands is good for semi-retired CIA operative W. Cooperand#8212;easy, quiet, restful . . . safe. But then the Tortola police ask him to discreetly dispose of a scarred and bullet-ridden body that a passing hurricane inconveniently dumped on the island's shoreand#8212;and the ex-spook's training, tradecraft, and curiosity inadvertently kick in.

Plunging recklessly into an ill-advised investigation, Cooper is soon way over his headand#8212;awash in terrorism, voodoo, a massive clandestine military arms build up, slave-trading, and serial murderand#8212;and swimming frantically toward a beautiful junior analyst from Langley who's busy investigating her own terrifying conspiracy that may well be connected with Cooper's. The two soon discover that they are going to need to connect the dots and fast, since they are all that stands in the way of the total annihilation of the current world order.

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