From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award–winner Boyle recasts the battle of good and evil as an identity theft suspense story in his 11th novel (following The Inner Circle
). Dana Halter, a "slim, graceful, dark-eyed deaf woman of thirty-three," runs a stop sign and is hauled off to jail when a routine police check turns up multiple pending felony charges. As Dana disappears into the criminal justice system, her earnest and willing boyfriend, Bridger (on deadline doing a sci-fi film's special effects), isn't much help. Meanwhile, William "Peck" Wilson—a social parasite whose lifestyle includes Armani, a house in Marin County and a shopaholic bombshell girlfriend imported from a former Soviet republic—is actually the man behind the charges against Dana. Finally out on bail and reunited with Bridger, Dana lacks the resources to clear her name, but in the best tradition of the good guy willing to sacrifice everything for justice, Bridger chucks his job, and the two set off on Peck's trail. Boyle, always a risk taker, neatly manages the challenge of a deaf protagonist and a bad guy who is a gourmet cook, genuinely loves his bombshell and has a soft spot for children. As Dana and Bridger hurtle across the country and the tension mounts, Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in signature style, and readers will be hot on the trail. (On sale July 10)
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*Starred Review* Boyle sculpts his bold but meticulous new novel out of a frightening premise, a case of identity theft, which, with terrorism, is one of the twin (and random and anonymous) threats faced in today's world. In fact, the case of identity theft here is an extreme version: identity takeover
. The storyline he so carefully, intelligently, and knowledgeably crafts starts innocently enough when hearing-impaired college instructor Dana Halter is stopped on her way to the dentist for running a traffic sign. The witnessing policeman is quickly joined by a whole troop of cops, and Dana is led off to jail in handcuffs and treated like a common criminal. As it turns out, she has a rap sheet and a list of warrants a mile long--obviously (obvious to her
, that is) a case of someone else using her name. This person has stolen her identity to construct an entire, false life, from purchasing a house and car to marrying under the assumed name. Dana and her boyfriend embark on a dangerous journey not only to discover the identity of the thief but also to stop him, and here the novel develops into a transcontinental----and breathtaking--thriller. Boyle never loses touch with his primary intention: a dual exploration of temperaments; namely, how particular environments can produce entirely different ways of coping in life. Readers can only say to themselves upon finishing this exciting novel, "Don't let this happen to me." Brad HooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved