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Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 3
December 2015. ISBN: 978 1 444 79788 6 (PB)
The hanging body of Jeff Cowan, son of the
billionaire George Cowan now in prison for a gigantic financial fraud, and
estranged husband of Riley Cowan, is discovered by Riley in the grandest room
in the palatial former Cowan home in Houston. Jeff’s death is put down as
suicide on the rounds of his inability to cope with his father’s disgrace and
the reduced circumstances in which he, along with his mother Margaret and his
younger sister Emma, must live, financially supported only by Riley who, coming
from a much less privileged background, is prepared to take any job to keep the
family going. Riley, however, doesn’t believe that Jeff would have hanged
himself. Much more likely is that it was one of the many unsavoury characters
ripped off by George using his son’s murder as a message, Tell us where the money is . . . Or else.And that’s what Finn Bradley, a
CIA operative tasked with recovering the money, thinks. But he believes that Riley
does know where the money is so he and his colleague Brad are shadowing her. Only
problem is, Finn finds Riley highly desirable, and when someone gets into her
flat and tries to drown her in the bath so that she has to escape naked and is
rescued by Finn, he can only just restrain himself. Riley too finds Finn
attractive but she doesn’t trust him – what does he really want? But she needs
him because not only is she in danger from George’s enemies but so also are
Margaret and Emma.
suspense story is a really exciting tale with Finn and Riley escaping danger
while at the same time fighting the mutual attraction each feels for the other.
It does, however, have some of the conventional aspects of some romance fiction
which may not be to the taste of all crime fiction readers: the hero and
heroine are both models of physical perfection and sex appeal and there is a
certain amount of graphic sex. It is a matter of choice for the reader.
However, I did feel that Riley’s character was satisfyingly complex in that she
is not just an outstanding beautiful and sexy woman and not only feels deep
concern for Margaret and Emma but, although she no longer loves Jeff, she feels
sadness and guilt at his death: this gives her a moral dimension which makes
her a more interesting character.
Robards is the
internationally bestselling author of over forty romantic suspense novels,
which have regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers
Weekly bestseller lists, among others. She is the mother of three boys and
lives with her family in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. www.karenrobards.com www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards
Radmila Maywas born
in the US but has lived in the UK ever since apart from seven years in The
Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice. Instead
she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and has been working for
them off and on ever since. For the last few years she was one of three editors
working on a new edition of a practitioners' text book on Criminal Evidence by
her late husband; the book has now been published thus giving her time to
concentrate on her own writing. She also has an interest in archaeology in
which subject she has a Diploma.