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* PervyPatdown: ''What Doesn't Kill You'' provides the page quote. TheDragon, who is gay, does this to Catherine just because he doesn't like her and wants to make her uncomfortable. She tells him to cut it out or she'll break his neck.


The series stars Catherine Ling, a semi-retired CIA agent originally from Hong Kong. As a child she was sold from an OrphanageOfFear as a SexSlave, but escaped into the underground and by her mid-teens had become an InformationBroker. After an entanglement with TheTriadsAndTheTongs went south, she joined up with Hu Chang, an eccentric expert in Chinese folk medicine and poisons. As an adult she became a reliable informant for the CIA station in Hong Kong, which eventually recruited her into the agency.

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The series stars [[ProtagonistTitle Catherine Ling, Ling]], a semi-retired CIA agent originally from Hong Kong. As a child she was sold from an OrphanageOfFear as a SexSlave, but escaped into the underground and by her mid-teens had become an InformationBroker. After an entanglement with TheTriadsAndTheTongs went south, she joined up with Hu Chang, an eccentric expert in Chinese folk medicine and poisons. As an adult she became a reliable informant for the CIA station in Hong Kong, which eventually recruited her into the agency.

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A series of [[SpyFiction spy]] {{thriller}} trilogy by American novelist Creator/IrisJohansen.

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A series trilogy of [[SpyFiction spy]] {{thriller}} trilogy novels by American novelist writer Creator/IrisJohansen.

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A series of [[SpyFiction spy]] {{thriller}} trilogy by American novelist Creator/IrisJohansen.

The series stars Catherine Ling, a semi-retired CIA agent originally from Hong Kong. As a child she was sold from an OrphanageOfFear as a SexSlave, but escaped into the underground and by her mid-teens had become an InformationBroker. After an entanglement with TheTriadsAndTheTongs went south, she joined up with Hu Chang, an eccentric expert in Chinese folk medicine and poisons. As an adult she became a reliable informant for the CIA station in Hong Kong, which eventually recruited her into the agency.

The trilogy consists of:
# ''What Doesn't Kill You'' (2012)
# ''Live to See Tomorrow'' (2014)
# ''Your Next Breath'' (2015)
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!!This series provides examples of the following tropes:
* ActionMom: Catherine has a teenage son and spends a lot of the first book trying to keep him safe while she deals with the villain.
* DepravedBisexual: The villain of ''What Doesn't Kill You'' isn't above using sex to control his male employees (TheDragon in particular), and also fantasizes about torturing and raping Catherine.
* EccentricMentor: Hu Chang, dear ''God''. He experiments with chemicals in part for his own amusement and seemingly takes few things completely seriously. He also rescues Catherine's son from under the nose of assassins who already killed the CIA agents guarding the safehouse.
* ImmortalityInducer: [[spoiler:Hu's latest project in ''What Doesn't Kill You'' is apparently both poison and cure. He treated an old woman with it and it turned her youthful again.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Catherine's dead husband, a fellow CIA agent, was much older than her.
* WhenLifeGivesYouLemons: The triad burns down Hu Chang's shop for protecting Catherine. Hu's response is to go digging in the ashes to see what new compounds the fire turned his stock into.
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