Top critical review
Believe it or not
on July 14, 2004
I have every Linda Howard book on my keeper shelf. This one I will not be keeping.
Lily has been a contract killer for the CIA since she was 18. Lucas has been a field agent (killer owned by CIA) since he was 19. Not only are they killers but they believe they are doing it for their country! (HA! HA!)
Lily's friends and adopted daughter have been murdered by one of the worst criminals in the world. Salvatore Nervi is an arms dealer. He sells plutonium to terrorists. He is a major drug maker and dealer. He is wanted by many countries. A totally evil individual. So Lily sets out to take him out. She does.
BUT He is protected by the CIA because he has an agreement with them. He is sometimes an informant. Probably against his competitors. She knows that she will be considered a wildcard and possibly be sanctioned (murdered) by the CIA for taking him out.
Does this make sense? She kills for her country, and her country will kill her for killing a bad guy.
Lucas is sent to find her. He finds her and falls in love with her. She explains that Nervi had her friends and daughter killed because they blew up one of his labs. She is convinced that her friends had a good reason to blow up the bad dude's lab. So she convinces Lucas to help her. He only wants to get closer to her before he turns her in.
I am very unsympathetic to both of them. The first half of the book is trying to make you like these two people. The last third is the finding evidence against the Nervi organization, blowing it up, being betrayed by Lucas and finally being put in a sanitarium to help her get over being a murderer. wow.
In CRY NO MORE we are able to see Diaz for what he is, but we recognize that he is doing something that has to be done. Then we have Milla who is good, bad things had happened to her but she rose above it. At the end you feel she has made Diaz human and redeemed him.
Not so for this book. I look for a good read from Linda Howard, but this was a disgusting hero and heroine. Maybe the world needs people like these. But I sure don't want to read about them.