Critical Space

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2003 - Fiction - 528 pages
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The acclaimed author of Shooting at Midnight has penned a thriller like no other ... the no-holds-barred story of a bodyguard with the ultimate assignment: protecting a woman who also happens to be the most hunted killer in the world...

Code-named Drama, she is a lightning-fast death machine — a hitwoman sought by intelligence agencies around the world. Drama kills as easily as she breathes ... and the last time she and Atticus Kodiak met, they barely escaped each other alive.

Atticus Kodiak has a reputation as one of the toughest bodyguards in the business. He’s used to picking his assignments and calling the shots. But all that changes when he is forced to take on Drama as a client — the last person he ever imagined would need his protection.

This time, Drama is the one who is running from a killer. She needs Atticus’s help, and she won’t take no for an answer. To prove it, she abducts a high-profile member of the royal family whom Atticus has sworn to protect. He will do almost anything to get the woman back. But what Drama needs from him will destroy his reputation — and siding with her means he can never turn back.

From New York’s Russian enclaves to the Swiss Alps and the Caribbean, Atticus becomes Drama’s protector, and her only hope for survival as she tries to outlive and outrun her bloody past. But once immersed in Drama’s high-stakes, covert world, Atticus breaks a cardinal rule: He gets to know Drama as a woman rather than just a client — and it’s a bond that could cost them both their lives.

For the men hunting Drama are capable of unspeakable violence — of sins that make Drama’s own look like the acts of an amateur. And they will stop at nothing to see her dead....

A masterful work by one of the most unique voices in the field, Critical Space combines high-voltage, high-tech action with swift, terrifying brutality. The result is Greg Rucka’s most explosive thriller to date — a powerhouse of a novel destined to become a classic of modern suspense.


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In Critical Space, business could not be better for Kodiak Atticus and his team of Protective Service Agents, otherwise known as bodyguards. After a successful and well publicized save of an important ... Read full review

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In his fifth novel, Rucka (Shooting at Midnight) immerses readers in the intriguing world of protection agencies. Atticus Kodiak has been hired to protect Lady Ainsley-Hunter, a social activist who ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
27
Section 4
34
Section 5
47
Section 6
57
Section 7
67
Section 8
80
Section 20
254
Section 21
278
Section 22
291
Section 23
305
Section 24
310
Section 25
326
Section 26
334
Section 27
343

Section 9
95
Section 10
115
Section 11
125
Section 12
149
Section 13
162
Section 14
176
Section 15
197
Section 16
209
Section 17
221
Section 18
237
Section 19
247
Section 28
363
Section 29
382
Section 30
393
Section 31
405
Section 32
417
Section 33
435
Section 34
443
Section 35
459
Section 36
469
Section 37
485
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About the author (2003)

Born in San Francisco, Greg Rucka was raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He is the author of Private Wars, A Gentleman’s Game, and six previous thrillers, as well as numerous comic books, including the Eisner Award—winning Whiteout: Melt. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.


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