Ballantine, Nov 2003, 25.95, 320 pp.
While out shopping with her two month old son Justin strapped to her chest, two men steal the infant but not before she gouges one of their eyes out. When Milla Edge recuperates, she becomes determined to find her baby and goes to Need Finders, an organization that searches for lost people, mostly infants and children. Her husband divorces her because he can't live with a crusader which is fine with Milla who is too busy tracking down every lead pertaining to her son.
For over a decade, all clues turn into dead ends until she connects with James Diaz, a bounty hunter who freelances for Homeland Security, the Mexican government and corporations. He is a lone wolf who only opens up to Milla and he should be the last person she should be attracted to but her feelings for him transcend common sense. With his help, she discovers all the answers that eluded her but when he betrays her she walks out on him though doing so nearly destroys her.
CRY NO MORE is one of Linda Howard's best works in years. This suspense thriller wrapped around a deep and intense love story will appeal to fans of both genres. This heroine is very goal oriented and until she meets Diaz feels two dimensional as if she is a caricature instead of a person. The author did this on pretense to emphasize the obsession and what it can do to a person if they are not careful. The hero is a hunk who believes in Milla and justice in that order and he goes to extraordinary lengths to prove his devotion and need of her.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner