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Panic [sound recording] : [a novel]
Jeff Abbott
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Not many audio versions of thrillers start with the bang that Abbott and Ganser bring to this story about a young man whose life explodes one spring morning. Evan Casher is a rising young documentary filmmaker, living in Houston, who is awakened early by a phone call from his mother, begging him to rush to the family home in Austin for reasons she can't explain on the phone. Ganser, veteran of 150 audio books, perfectly catches the mixture of frustration and annoyance in Evan's reluctant agreement and his attempts to reach his father-supposedly off on a sales trip to Australia-as well as his new ladyfriend, Carrie, back in Houston. Then, in a beautifully written and sensitively read moment of pure horror made all the more powerful by its understatement, Evan arrives in Austin to find his mother's body on the kitchen floor. She has been garroted with a wire. Her killers attack Evan, who is saved by the arrival of a mysterious stranger with a shotgun. Ganser brings all of Abbott's many characters-the killers, the baffled police and the ambiguous Carrie, who might be working for the enemy-to instant, unhyped life, letting Abbott's story about a man whose past has been an elaborate pretense unwind with breath-catching strength. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Reviews, July 11). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Starred Review. Documentary filmmaker Evan Casher receives a call from his mother asking him to return home as soon as possible. He arrives too late to prevent her murder but is knocked unconscious by the presumed killer. What follows is one heck of a frantic, action-packed thriller that takes Evan out of his comfortable life and throws him into a shadowy world of spies, espionage, treason, double crosses, and random killings. He soon discovers that even his seemingly normal parents were not what they appeared to be. L.J. Ganser, a voice-over actor and soap star, keeps the fast-paced action under control, giving each character a distinct personality despite an incredible amount of dialog. Highly recommended for all public libraries.--Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Quiet life unravels after he discovers his mother murdered; barely escapes death himself; shocked to find out his parents were secret agents.
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