# Hardcover: 384 pages # Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (January 18, 2011) # Language: English # ISBN-10: 076532606X # ISBN-13: 978-0765326065

Rating: 2 out of 3 stars

This was the first book I read by this author and I was hooked from the first page.  A baby crawling in the middle of a heavy highway? Oh yeah, you got my attention. What did I like better? That the book kept my attention.

The book revolved around Professor Blue Erickson who is trying to prove that giving people a certain drug will prevent them from doing hard drugs later in life. As if that weren’t controversial enough, she is trying to prove that most, if not all, religions are founded around drug related hallucinations. Both of these topics were interesting to me so I was interested to see how this character would make her point.

But a book covering these topics doesn’t make a good suspense novel. As predicted Professor Blue Erickson makes a lot of enemies (read: drug dealers aren’t happy she might put them out of business).

I really enjoyed this page turner. The author does a great job of hooking us in the beginning and doesn’t let go until after you read the last page. The reading is easy and fast paced. The characters are memorable and the action is pretty believable. Okay the opening scene take a bit to choke down, but you would be so surprised to learn it has actually happened in real life.

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About the book:

Blue Eriksen is a famous forensic archaeologist based at Northwestern University. She and her team are traveling the globe, testing mummies to research the use of hallucinogens in the development of ancient religions.  Armed with evidence from ancient peoples, Blue has become convinced that psilocybin—a hallucinogen derived from mushrooms—can prevent or cure drug addiction.  She hopes to develop testing and treatment centers.

Leeuwarden Ltd. is the cover name for a deeply secret  international organization that facilitates the production, delivery, and sale of illegal drugs worldwide, much as OPEC facilitates the sale of oil.  Leeuwarden considers Blue a long-term threat and sends Felix Hacker—one of their enforcers—to kill her.  Blue has no idea she’s being stalked and prepares for a dig high in the Peruvian mountains…

Barbara D’Amato is a well-known name among mystery fans. She has won many major awards for her crime fiction including the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the prestigious Carl Sanburg Award for Excellence in Fiction, as well as the Anthony twice, the Agatha twice, and the Macavity. In the past, she served as the president for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime International.

OTHER EYES is Barbara’s first solo book since 2004’s Death of a Thousand Cuts, and there is no doubt mystery fans will want to get their hands on a copy. I recently sent a copy to you for review, and I hope you will choose to share it with your readers. If you did not receive it, I’m happy to send another—or let me know if you want more information!

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