Karen is the brainchild behind the wonderful writer's forum Backspace, and finally, her debut thriller is about to arrive this fall. The action is nonstop and the hot button issue - finding untapped resources to solve a growing drinking water shortage - is timely in light of rising populations, global warming and other signs of the economic slowdown. But just when a solution (melt the icebergs!) arrives, then things get really frightening. Dionne combines the necessary scientific background with a knack for upping the stakes as the story goes along. Others may call her the next so-and-so, but the first Karen Dionne works for me.