cover image Livia Lone

Livia Lone

Barry Eisler. Thomas & Mercer, $24.95 (400p) ISBN 978-1-5039-3966-0

Livia Lone, who works for the sex crimes division of the Seattle PD, uses herself as bait to entice, entrap, and then punish the male vermin who sexually assault young women, as an unfortunate gang biker learns in the first chapter of this exciting thriller from bestseller Eisler (The God’s Eye View). Flashbacks reveal Livia’s motive for becoming a lethal avenger. In Thailand, her birthplace, her parents sell 13-year-old Livia and her 11-year-old sister, Nason, to sex traffickers. The girls are separated in their forced voyage to the States, where Livia is rescued and later adopted by Frederick Lone, a prominent businessman whose brother is a U.S. senator, and his wife. Livia soon develops highly advanced martial arts skills that come in handy when her adoptive father tries to rape her. Once free of him, Livia dedicates herself to locating Nason. Although the final confrontation between Livia and Senator Lone and his henchman, Skull Face, is way over the top, on the whole Eisler keeps a firm hand on the throttle of what could be the first of a rewarding series. [em]Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.) [/em]