Jove, Jun 2003, 6.99, 352 pp.
In New Orleans, former assistant District Attorney J.D. Damascus has never recovered from the murders of his wife and two children. The state fried Angel Gonzales for the crime, but J.D. believes the wrong man was executed. His career is in shambles as he drinks away much of his day, J.D. defends hookers and is considered a disgrace by his politically prominent family.
Holly Jones finds J.D.'s phone number on the wall of a jail cell and calls him to help her with her shooting a man. Holly insists it was self-defense and that she is not a whore though J.D. does not believe her nor care. She is free because the victim, the chief of police, cannot afford the publicity. Holly fears that a serial killer, having murdered her friend, is coming for her next. She turns to J.D. for help; reluctantly he becomes involved and suddenly has a reason to rejoin the living.
Though the identity of the killer is easy to guess, readers will appreciate this terse romantic suspense. J.D. is an interesting protagonist as he pulls him self out of his depression to keep Holly safe even at the expense of family ridicule and risk to his life. Holly is a delightful female lead who does not want to be a heroine or fall in love as all she desires is to feel secure. Sub-genre fans will treasure this fine novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner