By Duane Swierczynski
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312343798, 240pp.)
Publication Date: November 14, 2006
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The night before a big meeting, Jack Eisley is sitting in an airport bar in Philadelphia, chatting up a pretty young blonde. Sure, Jack has a wife and daughter at home, but this is just a little harmless flirting. Harmless, that is, until the blonde leans forward and says, "I poisoned your drink."
She tells Jack that unless she can keep someone within ten feet of her at all times, she'll die. And if he wants the antidote, he'll have to take her back to his hotel room and promise to stay by her side.
Jack thinks: psycho. But as the violent night wears on, and he encounters a relentless government assassin, a threatening voice on a cell phone, a deadly waitress, dirty cops, and shady cab drivers . . .
He begins to believe her.
Duane Swierczynski is editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. His previous novel, The Wheelman, was nominated for the Gumshoe Award and was optioned for film. He lives in Philadelphia.