Critical Mass

Critical Mass

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Baker & Taylor
Burned-out lawyer Joss Cole finds her new life turned upside down when her client is murdered and the trail leads to two missing nuclear devices and a deadly terrorist plot, and involves her with nuclear expert Gideon Van Ry

Blackwell North Amer
Jocelyn "Joss" Cole, a burned-out public defender from L.A., has opted for a quieter life in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Joss has no significant clients other than a group of commercial fishermen suffering from a strange and serious illness, a condition doctors cannot diagnose, which Joss believes has an industrial cause. Then into her office comes Dean Belden, a well-heeled client in search of a lawyer to help him set up a business in the islands. Within days Belden is subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. Before he can testify, and before Joss can discover what happened in the secrecy of the grand jury room, Belden dies in the fiery explosion of his floatplane on Seattle's Lake Union.
Gideon Van Ry is a nuclear fission expert and a scholar in residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. Gideon is troubled by the apparent failure in accounting for two small tactical nuclear devices missing from a storage facility in the former Soviet Union. The weapons were last seen in packing crates awaiting shipment to an American company, Belden Electronics. Gideon has been unable to locate this firm, and now he is left with only one possible lead, the lawyer who incorporated the company - Jocelyn Cole.

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Burned-out lawyer Joss Cole finds her new life turned upside down when her client is murdered and the trail leads to two missing nuclear devices and a deadly terrorist plot, and involves her with nuclear expert Gideon Van Ry. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild, Doubleday, & Mystery Guild Main.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998
Description: 436 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780399143625
0399143629
Branch Call Number: Mart

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Jun 07, 2013

I failed to buy into the plot as it stretched the limits of credibility to the max. There were some good parts but overall, it felt more like an amateur writer's attempt

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