Charlotte Alton is leading a double life; the well known London socialite is also known in criminal circles as Karla, a fixer who specializes in information of the most sinister kind. Karla can wipe out all traces of a person and conversely can reincarnate them into someone else with a few strokes of a keyboard.
No one knows of her dual identity save one man, Johanssen, who needs her help to break into an experimental prison to kill a woman housed there. Unfortunately, the prison is run by Quillan, a man who would dearly love to kill Johanssen, and Karla can’t find any trace of the targeted woman.
Not only does she need to get Johanssen in, she also has to get him out, at seemingly impossible odds. Determined to keep her client safe, Karla keeps digging and doesn’t like anything she finds.
Most of the characters are duplicitous in this very complex layered story, but Giltrow keeps it tight and moving. The graphic violence and torture has this thriller bordering on horror, like Douglas Clegg or Chelsea Cain books, so be forewarned that it is not for the squeamish.
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THE DISTANCE by Helen Giltrow. Doubleday (September 9, 2014). ISBN 978-0385536998. 368p.