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In this electrifying novel of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen takes us deep below the surface, where a ruthless killer strikes without warning, without mercy—and with the deadliest intent.
Marine researcher Melis Nemid is treading dangerous water—and she’s about to be dragged under. Melis knows something that has already caused one oceanographer to disappear from the face of the earth . . . and that’s only part of a past torn by violence and betrayal. She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Caribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.
But Melis’s peace—and her life—are about to be shattered by a savage killer who is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her. Only one person can save her—a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer. But what this enigmatic stranger really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late. Because whoever is after her knows her fears intimately. And soon Melis will be forced to relive them all over again. Except for the final nightmare—the one she cannot possibly survive.
tight. Draw into a shell and the words won't hurt so much. “If you don't tell me, I'll ask Halley.” “They used a knife on her face and breasts. They pulled two molars out by the roots from the back of her mouth. Are you satisfied now?” Pain. Hold tight. Hold tight. Hold tight. “No, I'm not satisfied, but I know the tally now.” She swallowed. “Halley has no clues? No witnesses?” “No.” “What about the name she said? Cox.” “Immigration has one Cox who's recently arrived here. But he's a solid
they should surface. She shook her head and swam after Pete. One more try. The dolphins had led them farther from the ship than ever before in the last three days. The water was murkier here than it had been a short distance away. It was difficult to see Susie, who was swimming ahead of Pete. They disappeared behind a huge rock. Melis swam around the boulder. No Pete. No Susie. Kelby swam in front of her and jerked his thumb upward. He was clearly exasperated. Well, so was she, but she
paused. “And I saw a coast guard boat boarding the Jolie Fille as I was leaving.” “A search?” “It looked a lot friendlier.” “A payoff?” “That would be my bet.” “So outside help is unlikely.” “No loss. Outsiders usually get in the way.” “Good work, Nicholas.” “Only what you'd expect of me. Now we have something to work with. Even if it's not at the top of your list right now.” He smiled as he started across the deck to help Melis. “Good luck down there, Jed.” Kelby and Melis brought up
before he came here, he was out helping the coast guard with the search. You don't know him, do you?” “I never met him. But Phil told me he was trying to contact him. Do you know why?” Gary shook his head. “Maybe Cal knows.” Melis doubted it. Whatever business Phil had with Kelby was evidently part of this deadly scenario that had taken his life. And it was a business he hadn't been willing to share with even his closest friends. Dear God, she was thinking of him as dead. She was meekly
toward her. His face contorted with rage. She lifted the gun and pulled the trigger. He staggered. She shot him again. He fell to the ground. Kelby was kneeling beside her, taking the gun. She shook her head. “Archer. We have to get Archer.” “No, we have to stop this bleeding.” His hand was unfastening her shirt. “Dammit, I told you it was too risky.” “Archer . . .” “He bolted when none of his men came when he called. Nicholas may be able to catch him, but he had a head start. Nicholas