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Monday, June 11, 2018

she's sent to kill him ... Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

Mullin's premise is riveting and timely . . . a strong action story that touches lightly on topics of grave complexity. ―Publishers Weekly
[A] fast-paced thriller. . . there is something of Hitchcock in the narrative, with a blend between The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, and the story...is gripping and frightening. ―VOYA


Published: May 8th, 2018

After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.

A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.


I rise from my chair, strolling to the women’s restroom. As I reach the door, I look over my shoulder and out the huge glass windows that overlook the runways. In the distance, the plane, small enough that it looks like a toy, plummets straight down. It slowly tilts from horizontal as it falls. It disappears behind the low hill and trees past the end of the runway. SURFACE TENSION 5 Nothing else happens. There’s no noise, no shock wave, no explosion that I can detect from the airport. It’s terribly anticlimactic. No one else at the airport even noticed it, as far as I can tell. I step into a stall in the women’s room and strip off my dress and headscarf. Under all that silk, I’m wearing jean shorts and a tee. I stuff the dress and scarf into my backpack and leave the restroom, sauntering down the concourse. I reach the arrivals level outside the airport. The driver is waiting to extract me, exactly on time. As we pull away from the curb, the sirens begin to wail.

About the author:
Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. His debut novel, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. He is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.

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