"Bodman's hard-won information and sheer storytelling talent make this a book to remember.” —LEE CHILD, #1 worldwide bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
"Karna Bodman’s Trust But Verify is a riveting page-turner you won’t want to put down!" - CARLA NEGGERS, bestselling author of Imposter's Lure
Samantha Reid, the brilliant Director of the White House Office of Homeland Security, is enjoying a rare evening away from Washington at a Florida charity ball when a bomb sends the well-heeled attendees stampeding into the night. Narrowly escaping the blast, Reid returns to the White House, where she has been trailing the massacres and illicit arms sales of a shadowy group of Russian oligarchs... all of whom want her dead. Caught in an ever-tightening spiral of lies and ruthless hitmen, Reid must race the clock against her assassins. But she's not alone. When FBI special agent Brett Keating discovers Samantha was the target of the Florida bomb, he resolves to protect her, while also unravelling a brazen plot that threatens the lives of international financial leaders and stock markets worldwide.
In former Reagan deputy press secretary Bodman's lackluster fourth near-future political thriller (after 2009's Final Finesse), Vadim Baltiev and his brother, Maksim, have assigned their nephew, Otto, the job of killing Director of Homeland Security Samantha Reid. Otto first attempts to bomb a restaurant in Naples, Fla., where Samantha is dining, but a glitch prevents the blast from harming anyone. The Baltiev brothers next plan to blow up the Federal Reserve's annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where Samantha is speaking, and make a killing on the stock market crash that's sure to follow. They import two Russian goons, Stas and Lubov, to do the actual demo work, but Stas and Lubov prove just as inept as the brothers. An uneasy romantic relationship develops between Samantha and FBI agent Brett Keating, who's investigating the attempts on her life. Lots of luck and some high-tech gadgetry help Brett save the day. This is political romance thriller lite; serious thriller readers would be advised to steer clear.