The Silent Assassin (Mass Market Paperback)

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When a John Doe with a bayonet wound in his chest is discovered in a Washington, D.C., alley, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is pulled away from her bioterrorism work to aid in the investigation. Just a little digging reveals a corpse that’s nothing like the homeless robbery victim it was set up to resemble—and Alex and her colleagues find themselves wrapped up in a complicated mystery of high-stakes international financial intrigue.

The homicide investigation is just heating up when a political firestorm erupts over the AFIP’s possession of human skulls brought back from Vietnam thirty years earlier by American servicemen. Alex is handed the delicate task of managing the restoration and return of these grisly souvenirs. But the skulls take on urgent significance when she uncovers evidence of a much bigger crime…and suddenly Alex discovers she’s a target—and the White House itself is under fire.

About the Author

LORI ANDREWS is a nationally renowned expert on law and genetics, and was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the "National Law Journal." The director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lori is also an award-winning journalist and nonfiction author who is a frequent guest on "Oprah," "Nightline," "60 Minutes," and "CBS Morning News,"among other media outlets. She lives in Chicago. Visit her website at

Praise For…

“Jaw-dropping plot twists.”—Chicago Tribune

“Explosive.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Andrews writes with breezy energy and fills Alex’s world with appealing background characters and interesting details.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Andrews’ second series book is an outstanding thriller. Geneticist Alexandra Blake has as many sharp angles as soft edges. She’s a scientist with a heart... Andrews’ tale deftly tackles international intrigue, violence and the murky world of political ambition."
Romantic Times Book Reviews

“It’s an intriguing thriller, and if [Alexandra Blake] can stay alive, she should be around for quite a while.”—The Oklahoman

“This is one of my favorite new series. If you like Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell you’re guaranteed to enjoy Lori Andrews.”—Book Bitch


Product Details
ISBN: 9780312946487
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2008
Pages: 352