(US: 29th May 2011)
As a kid, Theo Kane broke both her legs, and was given an experimental drug to block pain – which actually led to her no longer being able to feel pain, ever. Now grown up, she’s a “car burglar”, which seems to be a glamorous term for “hired stealer”. Her latest job is to steal – and then steal back – a statuette containing a “neural wave disruptor” chip, which can be used as a weapon against the Launen – people with psi abilities.
Having recently read the author’s Ethan Banning short stories, I prefer Naomi Clark’s non-paranormal works. Painless‘s sci-fi elements are the most intriguing, though more detail into the drugs and technology would make it more believable. The lock-picking scene is well researched, though it still seems a bit easy to break into a rich guy’s apartment…unless it was deliberately easy as a lure? Can’t remember, but I definitely want to read more Naomi Clark sci-fi.