OUT OF NOWHERE by Doris Mortman


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Best-selling Mortman (The Lucky Ones, 1997, etc. ) opens with a strong hook as divorced bank executive Cynthia Stanton and her four-year-old daughter Erica are forced to go into lifelong hiding because Cynthia’s given evidence about a Colombian drug cartel laundering cash in her Miami bank, a fact that has caused the death of her brother Ken, a DEA agent. Rather than be murdered by the vengeful cartel, Cynthia and Erica enter a witness protection program. Their house is blown up, supposedly with them in it, so that the Mafia will think the cartel did it (and the cartel the Mafia). Later, they—re moved anew when Erica slips, giving away dangerous facts. She and Erica are again nearly killed when Cynthia attends her own mother’s funeral. By her middle 20s, Erica has become a Manhattan police photographer and wants to reveal herself to her father. More mayhem ensues, and the question arises: Is the father, now supremely wealthy, himself laundering money for the cartel? The climax suggests that Erica/Amanda has brought her father’s murderer(s) to justice. But is the cartel really ready to give up on her? Possibly Mortman’s best plot in years—and set for a big promo.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-57566-301-5
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Kensington
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1998


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