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Dan Grant
Thirteen Across
Dan Grant, author
Thirteen Across, is a catch-me-if-you-can, high-stakes thriller that keeps you guessing. Seven stops. Seven sets of clues. A race against time. Conspiracies. Lies. Covert research. Will FBI Special Agent Kate Morgan survive? Kate Morgan learns that she’s been called to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing, but Phillip Barnes has other plans for her when he makes his attacks on the nation’s capital personal. And Thirteen Across is just the beginning. An unfolding puzzle charts a course that reveals a grander backstory, and Kate learns that she has played a role in creating a monster. Solutions and seven destinations drive Kate to a place where she must atone for her past sins and log the tours. The FBI reaches out to a real-life, subject matter expert in crossword puzzles. Solving the unfolding riddle brings dark, covert secrets to light. The Perfect People Initiative. And Kate is dead center in disturbing conspiracy greater than herself. The clock starts at the Foggy Bottom—GWU Metro station and ends seven stops later. What Kate thinks she knows about her life is tested as is her ability to survive and make it to the last stop. Dan Grant delivers a story that keeps you guessing. Puzzles. Conspiracies. Illegal research. It’s more than that. Thirteen Across is a thriller built on a puzzle. Thirteen Across is available in hardback, trade paperback, and e-book versions.
Grant’s intelligent second thriller featuring physician and FBI agent Kate Morgan (after 2018’s The Singularity Witness) opens with a bang. Morgan is riding the Washington, D.C., Metro when a bomb explosion derails her train, causing massive casualties. Despite her valiant efforts to treat the wounded, Morgan comes under suspicion from the investigators after a briefcase with her name on it is found in a subway station—and the four-digit number that a Metro worker wrote on her wrist to mark her as a survivor turns out to unlock the briefcase, whose contents include clues to a crossword. Since one clue suggests an ongoing threat, Morgan is frantic to answer it. Amusingly, the FBI brings in real-life New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz to assist. Grant plausibly extrapolates from current science to explain the secrets behind the mayhem, which involve a covert government program that will resonate with readers of the Captain America comic book. Fans will look forward to Kate’s third outing. (BookLife)