“One thing you learn when you’ve been through hell is when to take life seriously and when not to. You couldn’t stop what happened at the embassy, and you couldn’t stop what happened in Cambodia. You ain’t got that kind of power, son. You never will.”
Kiss Of The Assassin
Marina Antonovna, a Soviet spy, and Mateo Arcusa, an American homicide lieutenant first meet in Cambodia during the Vietnam War as enemies.
Fearful that the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, KGB Chairman Vladimir Kurenkov, has ordered her death, Marina risks everything to defect to the United States. She promises Mateo that her days as an assassin are over.
Vladimir is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back and, by threatening Mateo’s life, forces Marina to break her promise.
“I love that the author painted this story… I could picture it all playing out.” Marie Beswick-Arthur, author of Listen For Water.
“Joylene Nowell Butler’s prose is crisp, her suspense taunt, her plot pulsing with a life of its own.” Roland Yeoman, author.
“I know Joylene is a Canadian Métis, but I swear she’d done a tour of duty in Vietnam…” Louise Barbour, author.
"Tightly plotted, fast-paced, with richly drawn, compelling characters, this is one that will keep you up at night.” Vicki L. Smith, author.
"In the end, you understand that these two must trust no one if they are to survive and share a life together.” C. Lee Mackenzie, author of Shattered.