Shattered Duty

Katie Reus. Signet Eclipse, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-0-451-41923-1

The third Deadly Ops novel (after Bound to Danger) has plenty of romance and suspense, and the plot builds steadily to one thrilling climax after another. NSA agent Levi Lazaro is determined to avenge the rape and murder of his wife, and he has gone undercover in Miami (sans NSA approval) in an effort to take down a terrorist known only as Tasev, the man he deems responsible. Tasev is also rumored to be plotting something infinitely more sinister and far-reaching, so the NSA puts agent Selene Wolf on his trail. She immediately recognizes the benefit of teaming up with Lazaro, though she knows that his personal stake in finding Tasev makes him an unstable ally. Sparks and bullets fly every which way en route to a wholly satisfying and (mildly) surprising conclusion. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (June)