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The Passenger (Hardcover)

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We've thought of Lisa Lutz as "our" author from her first Spellman document. She'd come up, we celebrated Izzy's birthday, and even though she didn't live here, she was ours, darn it.

With her new book, The Passenger, Lisa comes home to us, both literally and literarily. While Tanya Dubois' journey takes her across the US, she ends up here in the Pacific Northwest, and we're thrilled to have Lisa back to visit!

"In case you were wondering, I didn't do it. I didn't have anything to do with Frank's death. I don't have an alibi so you'll have to take my word for it. I was taking a shower when Frank died."

Tanya's pretty sure she could get through a cursory investigation into Frank's death, but if the police look deeper, as they probably would what with a spouse with no alibi, then there could be problems. You see, "Tanya" isn't her real name. And she's been running from her past for about ten years now. So Tanya hits the road and tries to reinvent herself. And she could do it, except that she meets a woman called Blue, and Blue recognizes that hunted, haunted look. They bond, but eventually, Tanya begins to believe that Blue isn't so much of a kindred spirit as she might be Tanya's undoing.

Other reviewers have called The Passage a novel that goes at "a breakneck pace" and one says, "My advice: buckle up" and that's true, but I think that's true of everything Lisa Lutz writes. She's got a bone-deep talent for telling a gripping story with real people who grab your heart and imagination and just don't let go. From Izzy and the Spellmans to Kate and the other ladies in How to Start a Fire and now with Tanya, there simply isn't anyone like Lisa Lutz for creating wonderful people and putting them in strange but believable situations.

And while there are no footnotes (which I do genuinely miss), the mysterious emails between Ryan and Jo hearken back to Lisa's novel with David Hayward, Heads You Lose, and give you that little extra touch that makes all Lisa Lutz books rise above the others. I promise, you'll enjoy this book, and I know I'll read anything - including grocery lists - that have her name on them!

— Fran

March 2016 Indie Next List


“Thrilling and impossible to put down, this is the sharp, witty, and often sassy story of a woman, variously known as Norah/Jo/Tanya/Amelia/Debra/et al., on the run from events in her past for which she claims innocence. Her only chance of freedom is to run, and while running she changes identities and adds new troubles almost faster than readers can keep track. A meeting with a mysterious woman named Blue puts her on a new path, one that hopefully will lead her home and give her a chance to finally clear her name. Fast-paced and full of unexpected obstacles, this is a roller-coaster ride of a read you don't want to miss.”
— Nancy McFarlane (E), Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

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"Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing the events that first sent Tanya/Amelia on the run, while pouring threats on her gritty heroine's increasingly tenuous bids at survival. Binge-worthy fare, especially for those drawn to strong female protagonists" (Booklist, starred review).

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz's latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you'll want to buckle up for the ride

In case you were wondering, I didn't do it. I didn't have anything to do with Frank's death. I don't have an alibi, so you'll have to take my word for it...

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It's almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret...can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781451686630
ISBN-10: 1451686633
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English