Chelsea Cain: One Kick

We admire Kick Lannigan, the character at the center of Chelsea Cain’s newest thriller One Kick. She’s a trained marksman, experienced escape artist and gifted bomb maker. Oh yeah, and she’s pretty good at knife throwing, lock picking and hand-to-hand combat. We wish we had her extremely useful skill set, but we don’t want to have to go through what she did to get it. Lannigan was kidnapped when she was six years old. Her psycho abductor trained her while she was in captivity. Lannigan was eventually rescued but after five years as a prisoner, she wasn’t an innocent little girl anymore. Now Lannigan’s 21. She’s continued to train in the martial arts and survival skills (translation: She has anger issues and can seriously kick some ass). When a former weapons dealer approaches her, asking for help in finding two missing kids, she can’t help but accept. Turns out that actually might not be a good choice.

Chelsea Cain, the New York Times bestselling author who counts Stephen King as one of her biggest fans, reads from and signs One Kick today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-9597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Wed., Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2014

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