Atria, Aug 2003, 25.00, 352 pp.
Though the tie-in to the Jersey mob is in her blood and further connected through her mom's relationship with Uncle Vince, corporate attorney Christy Petrino always adhered to the law, having nothing to do with criminal activities of friends, family, or sponsors. As the fiancée to her boss Michael DePalma, her personal life looked as settled and contented as her profession. However, that illusion is ends when she suddenly knows too much to live.
Hiding in the North Carolina Outer Banks, Christy's collapsing life falls further apart when she stumbles on a dying woman on the beach and sees the shadow of the murderer. She flees only to catch Luke Rand on her beach property. A FBI agent, Luke wonders how his surveillance of Christy could go so wrong as he tries to learn what she knows about her boss Michael. That same night Luke rescues Christy from an attack from the shadowy figure she saw earlier. Marked by a serial killer, the mob and the FBI, Christy's first day in the Outer Banks makes Atlantic City seem safe.
This romantic suspense novel opens at a very fast-pace, continues throughout with plenty of action and never lets up until the final moment. This leaves readers breathless trying to keep up. Christy and Luke are a delightful lead couple struggling with attraction vs. commitment (to a job that is). Though the diverse subplots (serial killer and mob) take adjustment to keep track of since the female protagonist is caught in the crosshairs of both, fans of Karen Robards will value this terse thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner