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No Secrets    by Lance Rucker Amazon.com order for
No Secrets
by Lance Rucker
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Lochenlode, 2004 (2004)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Information agent Brandon Drake is back in his second book, No Secrets. He's in Japan collecting information on a handsfree dental drill for delivery to the United States. He's thrown off balance by the murder, in the spa of his Tokyo hotel, of a man he was to meet. But what really gets to him is the invasion of his hotel room as he entertains his off-again, on-again lover Mikki. After that, things can only get worse. And, of course, they do.

Lance Rucker delves into Japanese culture to create this action-packed, but slow-moving, story. I found my attention wandering at times. The story line is good and rife with danger. The locale Japan Tokyo ancient shrines is fascinating and germane to the plot. I especially liked Brandon Brandy Drake, a character who has the sense to run from danger if he can't avoid it altogether. He has a strict moral sense and lives by it. He's smart enough to know his limitations, which aren't many. Sagamoto and Smiley are evil personified. Brandy and Mikki are kidnapped. People are not what they seem to be.

Looking for a down and dirty suspenseful book, written by a man with a great imagination? Give No Secrets a read.

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