Synopses & Reviews
Greg Rucka's acclaimed first two novels in his Atticus Kodiak series now in one volume!
In a heartbeat, a crowded auditorium or a city street can become a kill zone, where life and death are separated by a split second. For Atticus Kodiak, professional bodyguard, the object is to keep people alive, and there is no margin for error. Now Kodiak faces his toughest challenge: to protect a woman and her daughter from a killer with a fanatical agenda of his own...
As a bodyguard, Atticus Kodiak knows danger is part of the job. But he still can't shake his guilt over his best friend's death in their last assignment. As a bouncer at a hard-core club on the Lower West Side, Atticus is responsible for nothing more than keeping the scene under control. Until he sees Erika Wyatt, the teenage daughter of an Army colonel Atticus once guarded. Stalked by a cold-eyed commando fondling a wicked knife, Erika draws Atticus back into the protection business. In a case built on lies, vengeance, and sins of the past, Atticus is pulled into a vortex of treachery and violence, and learns that a promise can be the most dangerous weapon of all...
"Rucka's prose is clean and visual, his characterizations and dialogue are economical and his storytelling scoots along at a fast clip." Publishers Weekly (on Keeper)
"[A] top-notch thriller....Rucka makes superb use of crisp, understated prose, complex and enigmatic characters, highly charged emotions, breakneck pacing, and a brilliantly original, cleverly engineered plot. A powerhouse of a story that will leave readers gasping." Booklist (on Finder)
"The action is nonstop." The Boston Globe (on Finder)
"Riveting....Keeper is full of surprises." Houston Chronicle
"First novelist Rucka delivers a story as timely as today's headlines....This is a tense and exciting novel filled with some odd characters." Library Journal (on Keeper)
"Keeper pulls at the heart-strings and brings tears to the eyes....A remarkable first novel." The Orlando Sentinel
About the Author
Greg Rucka has worked at a variety of jobs, from theatrical fight choreographer to emergency medical technician. The author of A Gentleman's Game his first novel based on Queen & Country as well as Critical Space, Keeper, and four previous thrillers, he resides with his wife and two sons in Portland, Oregon. He is at work on his next Queen & Country novel, which Bantam will publish in 2005.