Baker & Taylor Follows Anne Waverly, a female expert on cults, into shattering confrontation in the English countryside
Blackwell North Amer Anne Waverly is a respected university professor. Few know that, eighteen years ago, her own unwitting act cost Anne her husband and seven-year-old daughter. Fewer still know that her past and her academic specialty - alternative religious movements - have made her a brilliant FBI operative. Now as she begins to savor life once more, she has no intention of taking another assignment. Until she is given an envelope containing details of the Change group and its leaders whose Arizona site houses over one hundred children and a school admired by even the local authorities. Outsiders have found these children, many of them rescued from abuse, healthy and content - but far too well-behaved.... Soon Anne - as the eager, pliable seeker Ana Wakefield - is on her way to the red cliffs and high desert air of the Change compound. As she explores its enigmatic mixture of mysticism, hierarchy, and trickery, she grows unexpectedly close to two abandoned children fostered by Change. Fourteen-year-old Jason Delgado is a tough, sexy, wary street kid; his timid, silent little sister Dulcie reminds Anne all too much of her own lost daughter. Slowly, she comes to see that this is no ordinary community and hers is no ordinary mission. For, far from appeasing the demons of her past, this assignment is sweeping her back into their clutches.
Baker & Taylor Fresh from winning both the Edgar Award and the British Crime Writers Association's John Creasy Award for A Grave Talent, the author follows Anne Waverly, a female expert on cults, into a shattering confrontation in the English countryside. 40,000 first printing. Tour.