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China Lake

Meg Gardiner

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Re-issued in the fresh new series style comes this no-holds-barred ride through Evan Delaney's worst nightmare.

Evan Delaney is a heroine of our times: a woman with a big heart, a quick tongue and a hot temper that gets her into trouble. She is shocked to discover that Tabitha, her ex-sister-in-law, has joined the Remnant - the Reverend Pete Wyoming's fanatical band of disciples. And that Tabitha is trying to regain custody of her six-year-old son, Luke, currently in Evan's care while his father is posted to the Naval Air Warfare Center. Then one of the Remnant is killed, and Evan's brother is the prime suspect. With her boyfriend, lawyer Jesse Blackburn, Evan tries to clear her brother's name and rescue her nephew. In doing so, she finds herself caught up in a wild plan to steal weapons, and a blazing inferno on a Santa Barbara hillside.

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Praise for China Lake

  • From beginning to end China Lake is a book that no reader of thrillers will be able to put down. Great characters, dynamic plot, nail-biting action Meg Gardiner gives us everything. - Elizabeth George

  • With a colourful cast of richly delineated characters, a protagonist with whom the readers will easily identify all big-hearted, quick-tongued and hair-trigger-tempered this novel provides a fast-paced ride through some of the more dubious nooks and crannies of the American dream and is an impressive opening salvo by a Surrey-based expatriate who hits the bookshelves running. - Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian

  • China Lake makes a strong impression. The story grips and Ms Gardiner is a welcome addition to the ranks of American thriller writers. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Religious fundamentalism, anti-Aids crusaders, nutty relatives, and a Waco-style shootout: they're all here in the exciting mix that Gardiner expertly stirs up. Great stuff. - Independent on Sunday

  • With energetic, punchy prose and a breathless, action-thriller plot, China Lake is an assured debut. Evan Delaney is a great character, and Gardiner is a writer to watch. - Manchester Evening News

  • compelling tale, a powerful mix of murder, terrorism and a wealth of dark secrets. - Publishing News

  • Sure-footed, action-packed - Bookseller

  • A great first novel. Fast and hard-edged. Buy it, read it - Hull Daily Mail

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Meg Gardiner

Edgar award winner Meg Gardiner previously practised law in Los Angeles and taught at the University of California. She lives with her family near London. To find out more about her novels, visit Meg's website at

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