Double Cross by Carolyn CraneDouble Cross by Carolyn Crane

Double Cross

byCarolyn Crane

Mass Market Paperback | September 28, 2010

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Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. 

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
CAROLYN CRANE lives in Minneapolis with her handsome husband and two daring cats. She enjoys reading and running and loves animals of all kinds. For more than a decade she’s made her living as a freelance writer. Double Cross is her second novel, and follows Mind Games in The Disillusionists Trilogy.
Title:Double CrossFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.88 × 4.14 × 0.91 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553592629

ISBN - 13:9780553592627

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow...Just Wow!!! What should you expect while reading “Double Cross” by Carolyn Crane? Something along these lines: You’re reading the book, “tra la la”, and then BLAM! Some detail smacks you across the face and you feel a little dizzy. But you get over it and keep reading. “Tra la la la la”, and then SPLAMO! Something else occurs that smacks you upside the head and you see stars. But you shake it off and keep going. This kind of thing happens regularly until, sorta kinda but not really completely out of left field, something is said that makes you say “omg omg omg OMG”. Finally at about the 97% mark, you read something that makes you clutch your chest. Your eyes swell, but you can’t let your mind go there. You must persist. The pain is harsh but you must keep reading and then you reach the end…and you curse. You curse like a sailor! WTF?! Then you drop to your knees, completely spent. Your cat wonders if you’re alright. Your children bring you their teddy bears because that will make everything better. Finally, when you muster up enough energy, you crawl off the ground and you shout at the top of your lungs “Thank you Carolyn Crane for creating this f-ed up world with your (obviously) slightly twisted mind and sharing it with us.” Then you start to feel an itch because the third and final book’s release date has yet to be announced…and that makes you want to pull out 2 quarts of whiskey and settle in for the night. And you’ll need that whiskey if you are hoping to get any sort of sleep after reading that roller coaster ride! This book is amazing. Plain and simple, it’s mind-blowing, unbelievable and totally awesome. ***Contains moderate spoilers for “Mind Games”, book one in the Disillusionists trilogy. *** “Double Cross” finds us continuing our journey along side Justine, a psychological hit woman also known as a Disillusionist. Being a Disillusionist has never sat well with Justine. She is still very upset with Packard for having tricked her into being one of his minions and she swears to never forgive him for taking away her freedom. There is still the ‘who will she pick’ aspect of the story that began in the first installment. In one hand there is Otto, Midcity’s new mayor and fellow hypochondriac. Otto and Justine makes sense because they share a common element – their neurosis. They took a bit of a break to give Otto a chance to get over Justine’s deceit and to give him a chance to focus on his political campaign. In the other hand there is Packard. Packard, Packard, Packard. He is STILL such a big conundrum! He deceived Justine and he knows he did wrong, but he wanted to be free. You can tell he is captivated by Justine, but how does she feel for him? And he’s just so damn yummy! Who makes sense and who is best are two different things…and Justine has to figure it out while helping make Midcity a safer place. The story itself has two parts. One is about Ez, one of Otto’s prisoners. Once she touches someone, she can invade their dreams and eventually control them while they sleep. She is accused of creating an army of sleepwalking cannibals. Yup, she’s on my list of who I want as a best friend too…okay, not really. Then there are the Dorks – a group of three who are assassinating Highcaps (those with special mental abilities). Although the Dork plot line is solved in the book, Ez’s isn’t. I’m assuming we will be seeing more sleepwalking cannibals in the third book. Yup. Sleepwalking cannibals. Creepy. It was nice to see quite a bit from a couple of the secondary characters we met in “Mind Games”. Simon and Shelby play a large role in this book. Part of Carolyn’s genius is that you are always wondering where everyone’s loyalties lie. You are always second guessing their intentions and their motives. The only one you’re ever really sure about it Justine. You also meet Dashboard Gumby. I’m not going to go into much detail about him. I’m only going to say that he is freakin’ cute and a really sweet touch to an otherwise tumultuous ride. You know you are dealing with a talented writer when you finish a book and don’t know what to do. Cry, laugh, scream, smile like a fool or break out the Haagen-Daz. I wanted to do all of these things simultaneously when I turned the last page to “Double Cross”, proving once again that Ms. Carolyn Crane is one hell of a story teller and one hell of a writer. 5+ stars
Date published: 2010-10-05

Editorial Reviews

"Double Cross sucked me in from the start and I couldn't put it down until the last page. I want the next one--now." --National Bestselling author Shiloh Walker"Crane’s Midcity novels are full of zinging, compelling heroines and dark and dangerous heroes. The push and pull between Packard and Justine is heartwrenching and inspiring. This installment is packed with tension, laughter and the perfect touch of romance; readers will be waiting in line for Crane’s next one!" --Romatic Times Top Pick, 4.5 stars