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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a new edge in suspense with this thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue in which a pair of former operatives must stop a deadly plot that threatens a major American city--and ultimately the world

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a new edge in suspense with this thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue in which a pair of former operatives must stop a deadly plot that threatens a major American city--and ultimately the world

When she joined St. Kilda's, the elite security consulting firm, Emma Cross thought she'd left behind the blood, the guilt, and the tribal wars that defined her life at the CIA. Yet, trading spying for investigating yacht thefts didn't alleviate the danger--or melt away her professional paranoia. Now, the same good instincts that got her into trouble at the agency might be what will help her survive her latest case.

With some arm-twisting, St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht named Blackbird, a dead ringer for another ship that went missing somewhere between Vladivostok and Portland a year earlier. Emma knows the boat's intended cargo is lethal. What she needs to find out is whether it's biological, chemical, or fissionable. And she's only got seven days to uncover the truth . . . or a major American city will be lost.

Fortunately, she's working with a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she's ever faced--and as deadly. A honed killer, MacKenzie Durand led a special ops team that was deployed to some of the world's nastiest places. But five years ago everything went to hell in Afghanistan, when bad intel hung his team out to dry. The only survivor, Mac walked away and never looked back, preferring to make money sailing high-end boats like Blackbird.

But Emma and Mac aren't the only eyes watching Blackbird. Taras Demidov, an expert in extortion and execution in the pay of the oligarchs running the former Soviet Union, is also waiting in the shadows, determined to intercept a fearsomely powerful arms dealer with the money, weaponry, and connections to alter the geopolitical balance.

Thrown together by an organization of enemies with global ties more dangerous than either of them realize, Mac and Emma must put aside their growing attraction for each other to save more than just their own lives. In a deadly game where the rules change without warning and the line between friend and foe is blurred, the pair must find answers fast--or watch as innocent civilians are sacrificed in a cold-blooded grab for power and supremacy. And even Mac and Emma aren't sure just who will get to the finish line alive. . . .

A breathtaking tale of passion and danger, Death Echo is superb entertainment from the queen of suspense, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell.

  • ISBN-13: 9780061629754
  • ISBN-10: 0061629758
  • Publish Date: June 2010

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 85.
  • Review Date: 2010-04-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Lowell’s well-crafted fifth St. Kilda Consulting thriller (after Blue Smoke and Murder), Manhattan operative Emma Cross travels to Seattle, Wash., where Blackbird, a yacht purported to contain enough explosives to destroy a major U.S. city, is being offloaded from a container ship. Posing as the representative of a buyer interested in the yacht, Emma connects with MacKenzie “Mac” Durand, Blackbird’s transit captain, who’s supposed to deliver the boat to a commissioning yard in the San Juan Islands. Emma and Mac, who has a background in special ops, wind up becoming unlikely allies on a dangerous sea journey in which they find themselves succumbing to their mutual attraction. Forced into a high stakes encounter with a pair of Russian spies, they come to realize that the scope of their mission is much greater than they at first assumed. Lowell’s primary focus on espionage rather than on romance is a major change from earlier novels, albeit a pleasing one. (June)

BookPage Reviews

Perils on the path to love

June: ’tis the season of weddings, graduations, new beginnings and new books. But beware of dragons, spies and young ladies with love on their minds.

Elizabeth Lowell offers another action-infused story from the files of St. Kilda’s Consulting in Death Echo. Employee Emma Cross enjoys her work as an investigator until St. Kilda’s is drawn into a tangle between American intelligence agencies and international villains. Because she’s been involved in the case of a series of missing yachts, the government wants her expertise in locating a stolen luxury vessel that has been modified to hold dangerous contraband—perhaps even a dirty bomb capable of destroying a city. To take control of the yacht, Emma must turn to transit captain Mac Durand, once Special Ops, now especially suspicious of anything CIA—including its former operative, Emma. Though the two don’t know whom to trust or exactly who is after them, they quickly learn to rely on each other. Equal matches in both courage and skill, it’s exciting and satisfying to watch Emma and Mac best the bad guys. Though more thriller than romance, Death Echo is filled with atmospheric details, and the sparks between Emma and Mac fly as fast as the reader will turn the pages.


A charming story about a woman learning that life isn’t just like her favorite novels comes from Sara Lindsey in Tempting the Marquess. In 1798, Olivia Weston travels to Wales with her aunt in order to have an adventure before returning to London and her chance at the Marriage Mart. Her adventure is pre-selected, as she’s determined to drag her aunt’s stepson, Jason Traherne, the Marquess of Sheldon, out of his grief for his late wife—a romantic idea that suits her romantic soul. But she doesn’t count on finding Jason so attractive—and so stubborn at resisting her plan to get him living and loving again. Jason not only grieves for the loss of his wife, but for his own ideals about love. Still, enchanting Olivia draws him out despite himself, and soon he’s captivated by her kisses. Can he overcome his reluctance to trust in love and marry again? Appealing characters pepper this delightful tale.


Lush and lyrical, Shana Abé’s The Time Weaver is the fifth in her paranormal Drákon series. At the age of 14, Honor Carlisle, of the English dragon tribe, learns of her powerful gift—from her future self. She’s a Time Weaver, which means she has the ability to move back and forth in time. As she begins to experiment with her drákon power, she’s drawn over and over to a young and beautiful prince of the enemy tribe in the Carpathian Alps. As they come to know each other, they discover they cannot stay apart—even though being together fulfills a deadly prophecy dangerous to Honor, Prince Alexandru and those he leads. Can they find a way to outmaneuver fate—and save Amalia and Zane, another pair of lovers from an earlier entry in the series—before time runs out? The twists and turns in this tender and magical love story will delight readers and then lead them to despair when the happy ending appears impossible. A beautiful read.

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