Dead Drop [Incognito Series Book 4]
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by Karen Wiesner
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Romance Lories Award Third Place Winner, Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read
Description: Roan Emory, Network operative, was inducted against his will. Parris 'Perry' L'Engle, an FBI agent and the only woman he ever loved, has never been convinced that the car accident that took Daniel Sands' life was legitimate. Just before his disappearance twenty-five years earlier, Daniel had been approached for recruitment by a covert agency. Now the scenario that had seemed like the catalyst to tragedy is taking place again. Outside her son Danny's office, Perry hears a familiar voice she'd overheard the day before Daniel disappeared, giving an identical recruiting pitch to her son. Horrified, she vows this cipher won't get him...but he can lead her to Daniel. When she finds the man Roan Emory in Chicago, she has to face the fact that Daniel had willingly given up her, their love, and the child he'd never known she was carrying. Roan is a man on the edge with the face of a fallen angel and the heart of a machine. Not feeling is how he's existed all these years. Better not to feel when he can't change his circumstances. He'll never be free of the Network. Even if they willingly let him go, their enemies will see him as collateral. His presence outside could cripple them. Only legitimate death can free him. Ironically, though he's found his heart again with Perry, he knows the only one who can save their son from the same fate that destroyed their lives is Roan Emory--the most dangerous man in the world.
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: August 2007
8 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [287 KB]
Reading time: 179-250 min.
"3 stars! Predictability is the only thing that spoils this otherwise well-written story. Book four in Wiesner's Incognito series has an interesting storyline and a strong heroine who believes in the power of true love at any cost. "--Barb Anderson, Romantic Times BOOKreviews
"DEAD DROP is a haunting love story with a melancholy but ultimately hopeful tone. Is it a necessity that Network agents sacrifice all of their personal happiness for the greater good? In DEAD DROP, readers will get an even greater sense of the emotional toll that kind of sacrifice can cost a person. The Network agents' jobs are important, and they do save lives. Favorite Network agent Angelo, third in Command, is back and trying to look out for both the emotional welfare of his agents and the Network, no easy task. Justine Fielding, the Network Communications and Systems Analyst, is reintroduced, her story will be told in the next book in the series. Ms. Wiesner has a gift for making readers care about her characters. Perry is a strong woman who believes that her fiancee did not die twenty-five years ago, and in a way, realizes she was wrong--the man she knew and loved is dead. Roan is a brilliant man who has learned to live in a state of numbness and is more afraid to feel again than he is of taking a bullet in the line of duty. There are no happily-ever-afters in the Incognito Series Books, but characters come to some kind of an understanding, and as a result, hope and renewal are reached. DEAD DROP is no exception; pick up your copy at Whiskey Creek Press today. I recommend it."--Nickole Yarbrough, Romance Reviews Today
"The fourth Incognito thriller, DROP DEAD, is an exhilarating tale that grips the audience from the opening deja vu sequence until the final confrontation. The lead couple makes the tale as this is no second chance at love since the Network stopped the first time and prepares to intervene again. Although Karen Wiesner's latest book can stand alone as a terrific, character-driven action thriller, newcomers will want to read the previous saga (see NO ORDINARY LOVE, UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, and BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART) as these are some of the best novels around."--Harriet Klausner
Recommended Read! "DEAD DROP is another great installment to the Incognito Series. The lead up to this fourth book is well worth the wait. I think this is the most emotional of the previous stories and so far my favorite. Each story of the Incognito Series intensifies the series and keeps me wanting more. The action in this installment is top notch and the storyline made it hard for me to put this book down once I started it. It's difficult for me to give specifics of the book for fear I may give to much away, but I highly recommend DEAD DROP. For any suspense novel lovers and for fans of Karen Wiesner's Incognito series, I Joyfully Recommend DEAD DROP to you." ~reviewed by Ley for JoyfullyReviewed.com
Parris L'Engle jumped as the phone on her desk rang, then laughed slightly at her own deep focus in searching for a man who'd been lost to her for twenty-five years. She realized when she looked away from the computer screen that her office had become dark in the hours since her partner had left for the night. She should have been long gone herself. Her eyes felt dry, and her stomach reminded her how late it was with a hollow rumble.
Taking a deep breath, she lifted her phone, murmuring, "Agent L'Engle."
"Hi, Mom," came the sound of her son's long-time girlfriend Aimee. "I knew I'd find you there."
Perry laughed a little sheepishly at how predictable she was to those who knew her best. She tucked back a strand of sleek mahogany hair that'd fallen out of the twist at the back of her neck. "You caught me." Reluctantly, she pushed away from her desk, turning her back on her computer. "What's up, sweetie?"
"Actually, I was hoping you could do me a favor."
Perry could hear the affectionate frustration in Aimee's voice when she said, "I haven't been able to get that son of yours out of his office. He's five minutes late for our date tonight. I know nothing short of the old Mom-Oust will get him away from there anytime soon. I'm going through withdrawal, I miss him so much."
Chuckling at the reminder of young love, Perry was glad to have an excuse to push herself away from her desk. She reached beneath it to get her discarded pumps. "I'd be happy to help. I'll drop by the college on my way home and make sure he heads out to you pronto."
"You're the best, Mom! We'll see you tomorrow for lunch, right?"
"I'm counting on it. You have a good night."
Perry smiled, straightening after slipping her shoes on. "Love you, too, Aimee. 'Night."
Replacing the receiver, Perry glanced back at her computer screen. In twenty-five years of searching, she'd found nothing to prove conclusively that Daniel might still be alive. Tonight surely wouldn't see a change in that. She closed out the browser on her screen, then shut down the machine.
Once she slung her purse over her shoulder, she walked through the empty halls and out of the Minneapolis FBI field office to her car. The drive to the university, where her son was up for tenure, was short and refreshing. Perry looked forward to seeing him. Though either Danny or Aimee called her every day and she saw them several times a week, she suffered from empty-nest syndrome. Living alone hadn't been easy for her. She missed having a houseful of people. More than once, she'd considered asking Danny and Aimee to move into the house with her. She could present it as a way for them to save on rent, but knowing they both liked their independence too much kept her quiet. She was the one who could use a little less of it.
In the habit of an experienced FBI agent, she walked lightly on her feet. Barely an echo sounded as she strolled down to the basement office Danny occupied. Her son taught microbiology at the university, but his real love was his research into strengthening the human immune system to resist multiple diseases. Danny had become interested in the massive body of work his father left behind early on, and it'd never been any surprise to Perry when he'd taken over Daniel's much touted work in the academic field.
At this time of night, the halls were dark and shadowed. An overwhelming sense of deja vu washed over Perry. The halls she'd walked to meet Daniel twenty-five years ago were similar to these. It seemed like yesterday. Relating to Aimee's agony in wanting to be with the man she loved made it only too easy for Perry to remember. More than two decades ago, she'd been in the role of the girlfriend, desperately trying to get her workaholic, genius fiancé to come out and play for the night. Daniel had usually put up something of a fight before he could be coaxed into it, too.
Perry recalled walking a hall similar to this one, knowing no one else but Daniel remained in the building. She remembered carrying a cassette player into the office adjoined to his laboratory, slipping out of her shoes so she wore only a thin, gauzy slip of a dress. She remembered pouring wine for them before turning on the sensual Latin music they both loved. She hadn't actually gotten Daniel out of his office that night, of course...
Her body alive with the memories, Perry felt tears behind her eyes even as her face burned. She shook her head as if to cool it, angry with herself for dwelling on the past, on bittersweet memories that only made her lonelier. Daniel was gone. She should move on. Had to. How to get herself to do that was the question she'd never been able to answer.
As she neared Danny's office, a strange male voice floated out to her. It didn't belong to Danny. There was something familiar about it anyway. Some instinct--no doubt borne out of her years in the FBI and from growing up with parents who were both agents--made her stop short. She put her back against the wall outside her son's office, listening intently.
Danny said something in a soft, suspicious tone that had Perry reaching instinctively for her gun. Only uncertainty made her hesitate.
The other man spoke authoritatively: "You have the skills we're looking for, Daniel."