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    John Altman(Author)

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Unwittingly involved in insurance fraud, Hannah Gray leaps at the chance to take an Adriatic cruise, but after she befriends the wife of a scientist, she finds herself drawn into an intrigue that may cost her her life. Reprint.

A smart girl who ought to know better gets trapped by greed and sex in a fraud that will ruin her life unless she can outrun it. And she does, taking advantage of a friend's ticket on a luxury European cruise to plan her next step. But then fate gets in Hannah Gray's way, in the form of a murdered scientist whose secret formula ends up in her possession. Eluding the assasains who slay their way through the Greek Islands in search of the formula, and the spies who track her through Istanbul, Hannah never quite figures out why a few lines scribbled on the flyleaf of the scientist's guidebook are so important; in a clumsy bit of plotting, they involve the Ultimate, Planet-Busting Weapon, invented by a man with a social conscience who's run away rather than turn them over to a government that might not have one. But she quickly catches on to the fact that they're valuable enough to buy her way out of the trouble she's in and set her up for life, if she can get away from the killers on the ship and the G-men who are waiting on shore to take her into custody. Altman is a solid craftsman who keeps the plot moving swiftly and the scenery vivid and appealing, but it's hard to care much about any of the good and/or bad guys and gals, or even figure out which is which. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. In his first two well-received thrillers, A Gathering of Spies and A Game of Spies, Altman used familiar backgrounds from WWII fiction in imaginative ways. He does the same good service in his latest, an exciting and moving adventure set in the present but owing much to the moral quandaries explored by past masters such as Eric Ambler and John le Carre. Hannah Gray is a classic Ambler character-a woman fleeing one set of troubles and getting caught up in another. Gray discovers that her lover and business partner in a Chicago medical research firm has been pulling off massive medicare fraud without her knowledge. Instead of immediately blowing the whistle, Gray takes a last-minute offer from a friend to go on a cruise from Venice to the Greek Isles, a chance to lie low and think about her options. On board, Gray befriends an elderly couple, Renee and Steven Epstein. Unbeknownst to Gray, Steven is a scientist working for a top-secret U.S. government agency, and is having second thoughts about his major breakthrough on a new energy source with devastating weapons possibilities. The head of the agency, Keyes (who goes by only one name), sends a pair of agents-including one who suffers from a medical condition that lets him pass for a 13-year-old boy-to kill Steven and Renee and recover any records of the breakthrough. Renee innocently gives Gray a guidebook in which Steven had written down the energy formula, and soon Gray is ankle-deep in death and deception in exotic locales. Altman humanizes all this contrivance with many beautifully drawn characters, especially the distraught but resourceful Gray and the terminally overwrought Keyes, already weakened by the death of a young son some years before. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • John Altman(Author)
  • Berkley (April 27, 2004)
  • English
  • 6
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By SgtRick on September 18, 2013

    This is the 3rd book I have read by this author. His writings are extraordinarily different from any suspense/mystery writer I have encountered. He develops each character's personality to the point where they actually are real people caught up in unreal situations that are dramatic but believable. This plot had a few more twists than I expected but so riveting that I read it all in one afternoon. Just a great book!

  • By Music&Mayhem on June 25, 2016

    Altman is a fantastic writer. Quirky characters well fleshed out and a plot that keeps you turning pages.

  • By Peter S. Lunde on August 10, 2015

    I seem to be going against the grain here in the sense that many readers like this book. But then, they probably like Brad Thor, too. I read almost all thrillers of this sort, and, in comparison, Deception is one of the most confusing, illogical stories of its type I have ever read. There are so many characters interwoven at odd moments in the story that keeping track of who is who is a nightmare. The main character's original "crime" is never clear, and so what she is running away from is murky at best. Maybe the best way to compare is to read several writers who, in my humble opinion, can really carry a story and plot it with skill and intelligence. First, Daniel Silva, now at the top of his game [The English Spy] (and ratings), and Don Winslow [The Cartel], are superior writers in any sense, and Altman joins lesser abilities like those shown by Brad Thor and Ted Bell who sell well but get away with enormous underachieving. Character, story, plot development, use of language, clarity, and intelligence should always be evident. If a reader is not sharp with those things, then Adam Sandler is probably Lawrence Olivier to them. This doesn't mean that Altman can't write. It does mean that either his editors/publisher don't care, or they just don't do their jobs well. In any case, Deception is poorly written.

  • By Guest on May 12, 2003

    Though Hannah Gray found the medical insurance fraud committed by Frank Anderson, she failed to report him because of the affair they were having. When he repeats his illegal activity, she realizes she is implicated by her lack of action. Her cousin tells Hannah that she is giving up her non-refundable Adriatic cruise for a better all expense paid trip to England. Hannah sees an opportunity to escape her Chicago troubles and figure out what to do next.On the Aurora II, elderly Renee Epstein befriends Hannah, who is using the name of Vicky Ludlow. Renee lends Hannah a book that provides insight to the path the vessel is following, that of the Fourth Crusade. Renee's husband wants the book back because the mathematician has written inside the tome the formula he developed that uses black holes with a force that makes nuclear bombs look like firecrackers. However, before he retrieves the book, assassins hired by his employer kill him and his wife. Next they go after Vicky as the only logical person who could have the formula.John Altman is quickly gaining a following for his suspense-laden novels and his latest tale, DECEPTION, will enhance that reputation. The non-stop action plot never slows down, but also insures the reader understands the motives of the heroine. Though how she escaped the country so easily seems shaky and the fraud situation back home over the edge, fans will be pleased with this loaded thriller.Harriet Klausner

  • By Ken C. on January 29, 2016

    After reading 150 pages of Deception, I put it down for a couple of days to read the new Ian Rankin novel. When I finished that, I realized that I couldn't tell you a thing I had read in those 150 pages. Yet I tried to get back into the novel, and frankly, I was just bored. The story moves slowly, and I just wanted to go a little faster.

  • By Wingflap on June 26, 2012

    This was an improbable spy novel with a thin, convoluted story line and no likable characters. Hannah Gray is on the run using a friend's Venice vacation tickets (and a fake passport that Hannah made on her home computer no less) because she found the medical insurance fraud committed by her lover and she failed to report him because of the affair they were having so he ratted her out instead and now the Feds are after her while the wife of a brilliant government scientist she met while traveling accidentally gave her a secret formula for creating black holes so now government-hired assassins (including one who is in his 30s but looks like he's 12) are after her, too, but she tricks them and they all die and she gets away. The book was twice as long as it needed to be.


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