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Critical Space

Format:  Paperback,

528 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: May 2003

ISBN-13: 9780553581799

ISBN-10: 0553581791

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The acclaimed author of Shooting at Midnight has penned a thriller like no other ... the no-holds-barred story of a bodyguard with the ultimate assignment: protecting a woman who also happens to be the most hunted killer in the world...
Code-named Drama, she is a lightning-fast death machine -- a hitwoman sought by intelligence agencies around the world. Drama kills as easily as she breathes ... and the last time she and Atticus Kodiak met, they barely escaped each other alive.
Atticus Kodiak has a reputation as one of the toughest bodyguards in the business. He's used to picking his assignments and calling the shots. But all that changes when he is forced to take on Drama as a client -- the last person he ever imagined would need his protection.
This time, Drama is the one who is running from a killer. She needs Atticus's help, and she won't take no for an answer. To prove it, she abducts a high-profile member of the royal family whom Atticus has sworn to protect. He will do almost anything to get the woman back. But what Drama needs from him will destroy his reputation -- and siding with her means he can never turn back.
From New York's Russian enclaves to the Swiss Alps and the Caribbean, Atticus becomes Drama's protector, and her only hope for survival as she tries to outlive and outrun her bloody past. But once immersed in Drama's high-stakes, covert world, Atticus breaks a cardinal rule: He gets to know Drama as a "woman" rather than just a client -- and it's a bond that could cost them both their lives.
For the men hunting Drama are capable of unspeakable violence -- of sins that make Drama's own look like the acts of an amateur. And they will stop at nothing to see her dead....
A masterful work by one of the most unique voices in the field, Critical Space combines high-voltage, high-tech action with swift, terrifying brutality. The result is Greg Rucka's most explosive thriller to date -- a powerhouse of a novel destined to become a classic of modern suspense.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: May 2003
ISBN-13: 9780553581799
ISBN-10: 0553581791
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 528
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.0 x 1.25

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Review by Library Journal (2001-09-15)

In his fifth novel, Rucka (Shooting at Midnight) immerses readers in the intriguing world of protection agencies. Atticus Kodiak has been hired to protect Lady Ainsley-Hunter, a social activist who appears to be the target of a sex-crazed follower. Instead, she is kidnapped by an assassin sought and employed by intelligence agencies under the code name Drama. Drama is a hit woman with whom Kodiak has tangled in the past, and he is forced to take on Drama as a client in order to save Lady Ainsley-Hunter.

Drama, a Russian orphan raised as Alena before being trained to kill, is herself the target of a highly skilled assassin known as Oxford. Together, Atticus and Drama/Alena must survive while attempting to ferret out the individuals behind Oxford. A strong premise, interesting details of the trade, and an engaging protagonist ultimately fade away, owing to long stretches given over to the endless movements of bodyguards, agents, and suspects and a villain who fails to come to life. Recommended, however, for larger collections of popular fiction. Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The acclaimed author of Shooting at Midnight has penned a thriller like no other... the no-holds-barred story of a bodyguard with the ultimate assignment: protecting a woman who also happens to be the most hunted killer in the world...

Code-named Drama, she is a lightning-fast death machine — a hitwoman sought by intelligence agencies around the world. Drama kills as easily as she breathes... and the last time she and Atticus Kodiak met, they barely escaped each other alive.

Atticus Kodiak has a reputation as one of the toughest bodyguards in the business. He’s used to picking his assignments and calling the shots. But all that changes when he is forced to take on Drama as a client — the last person he ever imagined would need his protection.

This time, Drama is the one who is running from a killer. She needs Atticus’s help, and she won’t take no for an answer. To prove it, she abducts a high-profile member of the royal family whom Atticus has sworn to protect. He will do almost anything to get the woman back. But what Drama needs from him will destroy his reputation — and siding with her means he can never turn back.

From New York’s Russian enclaves to the Swiss Alps and the Caribbean, Atticus becomes Drama’s protector, and her only hope for survival as she tries to outlive and outrun her bloody past. But once immersed in Drama’s high-stakes, covert world, Atticus breaks a cardinal rule: He gets to know Drama as a woman rather than just a client — and it’s a bond that could cost them both their lives.

For the men hunting Drama are capable of unspeakable violence — of sins that make Drama’s own look like the acts of an amateur. And they will stop at nothing to see her dead....

A masterful work by one of the most unique voices in the field, Critical Space combines high-voltage, high-tech action with swift, terrifying brutality. The result is Greg Rucka’s most explosive thriller to date — a powerhouse of a novel destined to become a classic of modern suspense.

From the Hardcover edition.

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