Ilyana Kadushin portrays an American family caught in the web of an international drug-smuggling ring. The actions of the family patriarch have caused the situation, which lands the family in the dubious safety of the federal Witness Protection program, that is, until the father disappears into what the feds call "the blue zone," their way of saying he has disappeared without a trace. The extent of the husband's involvement in the drug trade is the big question of the novel. Kadushin plays her role perfectly, never revealing too much but delivering just enough to keep us listening.
Kate Raab's life seems almost perfect: her boyfriend, her job, her family...until her father runs into trouble with the law. His only recourse is to testify against his former accomplices in exchange for his family's placement in the Witness Protection Program. But one of them gets cold feet. In a flash, everything Kate can count on is gone.
Now, a year later, her worst fears have materialized: Her father has disappeared into what the WITSEC agency calls "the blue zone", and someone close to him is found brutally murdered. With her family under surveillance, the FBI untrustworthy, and her father's menacing "friends" circling with increasing intensity, Kate sets off to find her father and uncover the secrets someone will kill to keep buried.
©2007 Andrew Gross; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"The Blue Zone is a tense and chilling thriller with a whole lot of heart." (James Patterson)
"Gross shows sufficient talent for readers to want to see more from his pen alone." (Publishers Weekly)
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