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When: Thu., July 29, 7 p.m. 2010

In Running Dark (William Morrow)--the follow-up to her 2009 debut, Running from the Devil--local novelist Jamie Freveletti puts her sexy, grenade-launching, ultramarathon-running, chemist heroine, Emma Caldridge, in the middle of yet another international terrorist situation. The elements this time are a cruise ship with a mysterious and deadly cargo, drug-addled Somali pirates, an influential security company called Darkview, plenty of repressed sexual longings among well-toned military types, and killer jellyfish. Freveletti's plot is so far-fetched that at times her dialogue comes across as self-mockery. With Caldridge racing to the rescue, for instance, the cruise ship captain tells heartthrob sniper Cameron Sumner, "We're in the middle of a crisis and no one is coming to our aid, but a chemist will make it here? Doesn't that sound a little strange to you?" Still, if you can suspend your disbelief, Running Dark can be a thrilling summer read: a James Bond or Jason Bourne tale with a feminist slant. Freveletti appears here with Michael Harvey, author of the 2010 Chicago-centered thriller The Third Rail. --Sam Adams


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