A resilient young woman must outwit a sadistic psychopath in this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of The Silence of the Lambs, a "master still at the top of his strange and chilling form" (Wall Street Journal).
Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.
Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.
Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master.
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Thomas Harris—the twisted genius who gave the world The Silence of the Lambs and its powerhouse protagonist, Clarice Starling—returns with another gasp-inducing thriller starring an unlikely heroine. Cari Mora, an immigrant housekeeper in Miami, is doing her best to keep a low profile, but that changes when a sickeningly amoral contractor discovers a trove of cartel cash hidden in the house Cari manages. It turns out that this formidable survivor can really hold her own…even when facing an evil adversary who’ll stop at nothing. Harris’ first book in more than a decade proves that he’s a true master of the cat-and-mouse game.
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This was worth reading but not as exceptional as expected. The violence and sadism seem contrived.
The characters are not fully realized. It’s as if it were not quite ready; an outline for a better effort.
The lack of detail made this difficult to read. I made it to chapter 5 and gave up.