‘Missing Lynx’ by Kim Baldwin
Author: Victoria Brownworth
June 3, 2010
Missing Lynx is the latest in the Elite Operatives thriller series by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou. Even if you haven’t read the two previous offerings–Lethal Affairs and Thief of Always (gotta love these 1960s style spy titles)—you can easily fall into this third installment.
Missing Lynx puts the thrill in thriller. Cassady Monroe, concert violinist and spy also known as Lynx, is only 25, but quite the prodigy. When a serial killer known as Headhunter, a grisly purveyor in the skin trade resurfaces, Cassady/Lynx must test her mettle on the case–her first real assignment for the Elite Operatives.
In true thriller style, Baldwin and Alexiou take their women around the globe. Missing Lynx takes us from Vienna, all around the U.S. Southwest, on to New York, down to some of the most dangerous parts of Mexico, on to China and Vietnam and back to the Southwest. Quite the wild ride. But that’s what lends verisimilitude to this tale of the traffic in human beings.
Lynx hooks up with a mercenary during her journey and that relationship sends a sizzle through the story that is palpable. Heroine and anti-heroine. Quite the chemistry.
A dark, edgy, often grisly tale, Missing Lynx has the grit and pacing of a Bourne saga, but with highly engaging and thoroughly challenging female characters. Not for the faint hearted.
By Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
Bold Strokes Books
Paperback, $16.95, 312 p.