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Mathews, Francine (aka Stephanie Barron)

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Francine Mathews spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she trained in operations and worked briefly on the investigation into the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. A former journalist, she lives and writes in Colorado, where she is at work on her next Bantam thriller, THE ALIBI CLUB.

Born in Binghamton, NY, Francine Stephanie Barron, went to school in Washington and majored in European History at Princeton. At that time she was working part time for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News. Barron later joined the CIA as intelligence analyst. She wrote her first book as Francine Matthews in 1992, Death in the Off-Season featuring Meredith Folger set in Nantucket, and left the agency a year later. In 1997 she wrote Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, the first in the Jane Austen series, using the name Stephanie Barron. A third completely different series saw the light in 2000: a spy story entitled Cut Out. Francine Mathews lives in Colorado.

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Fran Hinkel - 06:35am Dec 29, 2004 PST(#1 of 2)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Former CIA analyst Francine Mathews has created “one of the toughest female secret agents we’ve seen in a long time.”* Using her firsthand expertise of international espionage, Mathews offers another brilliantly realized suspense novel so intense, so authentic, it lethally blurs the line between fact and fiction. In Blown, Caroline Carmichael returns in a white-hot tale of terror on the streets of Washington, where one woman must gamble her life to save her country.

As thousands of runners line up for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., no one suspects that in a matter of hours the event will become a race between life and death. CIA analyst Caroline Carmichael is about to tender her resignation, when the first reports of a terrorist attack pour in–and she instantly recognizes the hand of an enemy she’s battled for years: the 30 April Organization. The neo-Nazi group is alive and well and operating in the United States, assassinating top officials and abducting a vulnerable child from the front ranks of a state funeral. When Caroline’s husband, Eric, is arrested in Germany as a 30 April operative, Caroline has no choice but to take to the streets–and target the evil herself.

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  • scarlet - 06:23am Apr 14, 2005 PST(#2 of 2)
    Some days I just want to be a MISSING PERSON

    I really liked this book. No simpering weak heroine in this story!

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