Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pg. 69: "Kiss Her Goodbye"

Today's feature at the Page 69 Test: Robert Gregory Browne's debut thriller, Kiss Her Goodbye.

About the novel, from the author's website:

In a gripping thriller that matches one cop’s love for his only daughter against the diabolical cunning of a charismatic madman, debut novelist Robert Gregory Browne announces his presence in territory long ruled by the likes of Dean Koontz and John Sandford.

ATF Agent Jack Donovan has two ambitions: take down cult leader Alex Gunderson after years of violent mayhem, and reconnect with his daughter Jessie, who has somehow managed to slip from his life. But none of Jack’s experience as a stellar cop or an absent father has prepared him for the unthinkable way these two parts of his life are about to collide.

In a desperate act of revenge, Gunderson kidnaps Jessie and buries her alive. But just as Jack’s team is closing in, fate intervenes in the form of a bullet and the secret to Jessie’s location is lost. With only a few precious hours of oxygen to sustain her, and with not a single clue pointing in her direction, Jessie is sure to die — unless Jack can somehow find her. Jack would trade anything in the world for just one shot to save his little girl — even his own life.

Among the praise for Kiss Her Goodbye:
“From rich characters to heart-pounding suspense, Kiss Her Goodbye explores not only the deadly terrain of murder but the nuances of the soul. It’s a first-rate novel that will glue you to your chair until you finish the last satisfying word.”
—Gayle Lynds, author of The Last Spymaster

Kiss Her Goodbye is a smashing good read. It moves at such a breakneck pace that you’ll scarcely have time to take a breath.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mephisto Club

“A cracking debut….This is a fast-paced action thriller that is as exciting as GM Ford and Michael Connelly…. The action doesn’t let up for a second and keeps going right up until the final page. It isn’t easy to do this sort of fiction well but Browne succeeds in combining a tight plot with engaging characters and a tense finale that will delight all diehard crime fans.”
—Kate Bradley, BCA

Kiss Her Goodbye delivers with nonstop pacing, breathless prose, and page-turning urgency. Provocative and edgy, this book is sure to be the thriller of the year and Robert Gregory Browne the next big thing in heart-stopping fiction.”
—Kathy Mackel, author of The Hidden

“Provocative violence, a colorful Chicago background and a dollop of the supernatural lift Browne’s debut thriller… breathtaking pace.”
Publishers Weekly

“[A] cat-and-mouse game between two desperate men… a nerve-wracking race against time…”
Read the first three chapters of Kiss Her Goodbye online and check out other features at Browne's website.

The Page 69 Test: Kiss Her Goodbye.

--Marshal Zeringue