Vision Impossible: A Psychic Eye Mystery

Victoria Laurie. NAL/Obsidian, $23.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-451-23406-3

In Laurie's lightweight eighth Psychic Eye mystery (after 2010's A Glimpse of Evil), the CIA taps psychic investigator Abby Cooper to help recover a stolen drone carrying powerful neurotoxins and technology that can target individuals from a distance by their auras. In Toronto, Abby poses as the new assistant to her fiancé, FBI assistant special agent Dutch Rivers, who's masquerading as weapons dealer Rick Des Vries. Abby finds the soft side of tough dangerous men by a mixture of competence, sex appeal, and pulling secrets about their families out of the ether. The central romance between Dutch and Abby, unfortunately, amounts to a lot of her fussing over his welfare, their wedding date, and whether it's unfaithful to flirt with the handsome bad guys. And it's hard to love a female-narrated story where the main way for women to succeed is to get things done while acting as sidekicks and eye candy. (July)
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