What Doesn't Kill You

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What Doesn't Kill You

Catherine Ling grew up on the streets of Hong Kong. Her mother was a prostitute and she overdosed when Catherine was five years old, leaving her alone. Catherine vowed to never become like her mother. Catherine learned to listen to what went on around her and she traded in information. When Catherine gets word that a local gang is going to rob a local storekeeper, she races there to warn him hoping he will reward her with payment. But she gets there too late. Two members of the gang are already there beating up the storekeeper.

Hu Chang is a master chemist, he not only provides the local people with medical treatment he also deals in poisons. He doesn't know what to think when a young girl rushes to his rescue. While they are hiding out together Hu Chang decides to take Catherine under his wing. Later when Catherine is recruited by the CIA she keeps in touch with Hu Chang. So when Hu Chang is in trouble Catherine rushes to save him. It seems that while working on a new medical cure Hu Chang discovers a new poison that is always fatal and untraceable. When word gets out about the poison a very evil madman decides he wants it so that he can sell it to the highest bidder. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants. It is up to Catherine, with help from John Gallo to keep Hu Chang out of the madman’s hands.

Ms. Johansen brings us the story of the life of Catherine Ling. We learn about her early childhood and how it made her what she is today. This is an action packed story which will keep you reading until late at night.

Book Blurb for What Doesn't Kill You

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller featuring Catherine Ling from Chasing The Night.

Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four.  Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information.  As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang—a skilled assassin and master poisoner.  As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now, she is known as one of their most effective operatives.  Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it.  With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about.  Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.00