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Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he spends his time skiing, rock climbing and writing books.


Mills turns his attention to the world of politics in his third thriller (after Storming Heaven) starring black sheep FBI Agent Mark Beamon, a man with an utter disregard for politicking of any kind, an attitude that has jeopardized his career. As the book opens, he faces not only dismissal from the FBI, but also possible criminal charges for his successful but politically inexpedient handling of a previous case. Anticipating an expensive legal battle to save his job, Beamon--against his better judgment--accepts $300,000 from an anonymous client to find a rock climber, Darby Moore, whose boyfriend was discovered chopped to pieces in the back of Moore's van. Everybody thinks Darby is guilty, despite the lack of a credible motive. Beamon tends to buy that theory, too, until he learns that the dead man had recently unearthed a secret FBI file detailing all sorts of sordid behavior committed years ago by many now-prominent political leaders. The file appears to be in Moore's hands, and it quickly becomes apparent that Beamon is not the only one looking for her. During his hair-raising search, one name keeps popping up over and over again: David Hallorin, the smooth yet devious senator from Maine who's in the midst of a heated run for the White House. Mills blends fine character work with a high-torque plot that splits time between the halls of power in Washington, D.C., the climbing peaks of Wyoming and the dank, smelly prisons of Thailand. Beamon, a wholly human figure nimbly engineered for maximum reader allegiance, is at his best--as is the story--while the hunt is on. The book loses some of its spark down the stretch when the thrill of the chase is replaced by the predictable machinations of politics. 75,000 first printing; regional author appearances; 25-city radio campaign. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

In Mills's third political thriller featuring FBI agent Mark Beamon, the presidential campaign season is complicating Mark's life in more ways than he knows. Because of the leak of incriminating tapes Mark found, politicians on all sides are out for his blood. Faced with a legal battle that he can't afford, Mark reluctantly agrees to an offer of $300,000 to find mountain climber Darby Moore, whose ex-boyfriend was found brutally murdered. A suspect in his death who finds herself in possession of an FBI file that incriminates one of the three presidential candidates, Darby goes into hiding. Mark knows that any of the three would kill to gain possession of the file. The suspense generated by the hunt and the political battle is immense. Unlike many other authors, Mills has not fallen into the trap of writing a story that is only suited for a movie screen; there are no cookie-cutter characters or inexplicable action scenes. Instead, Mills, like David Baldacci, knows that a great story comes first (and then, one hopes, a great movie). Recommended for all collections.--Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

In the world of political thrillers, I have the feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player - Frederick ForsythHair-raising . . . Beamon at his best. - Publishers Weekly on FREE FALLGripping and interesting to the last, FREE FALL is bound to cement Kyle Mills' place near the top of the suspense genre - Denver PostA pacy, intriguing mystery featuring an engaging central character from a fast-rising star of the genre - Irish Independent on STORMING HEAVENYou'll need a seat belt when you read this one. Mills is a writer with a brilliant future - Stephen Coonts on FREE FALLI'm proud to have discovered Kyle Mills, a powerful new writer carving out a reputation for high-octane suspense thrillers that should take him to the top like a rocket - Tom Clancy

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