Vanessa Michael, the woman at the center of Taylor Stevens's new mystery novel The Doll, is unique. Raised by missionaries in Africa, she learned knife and hunting skills and survival techniques not from tribesmen but from the gunrunners who took her in. She's been tortured and beaten and has suffered every kind of violence. More important, she's lived to tell about it. Her special skill set makes her an attractive asset to anyone who has enemies. When she's kidnapped from a Dallas street, she's plunged into a secret, shadowy world where women are bought and sold. Her only way out? She must deliver another young woman to take her place.
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Texas-based Stevens discusses and signs The Doll today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Mon., June 10, 6:30 p.m., 2013