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Mira, May 2003, 6.50, 400 pp.
ISBN: 1551667126

On Christmas Day 2001 in Des Moines, Riordan “Dan” Michael Gray and his wife of seven months Charlotte come home from visiting family. Dan takes out the garbage, but fails to return. Charlotte calls the police who begin a search that fails. Dan owns the successful Panini coffee shops. When payroll is due to the employers, Charlotte's father calls Dan's lawyers to learn he gave the business to her as a divorce settlement. Later the FBI informs her that her missing husband is terrorist Daniel O'Toole of the IRA.
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A couple of years later in Tampa Bay, FBI agent John Hanseck visits Charlotte to inform her that Dan is in the country and probably in the Tampa area. The Feds want to use her as bait to catch him, but she wants her past buried so declines participating. However, refusal fails to keep her from being kidnapped. One of her abductors, whom she finds attractive and somewhat familiar looking, keeps her safe.

This is an exciting romantic suspense that hooks the reader once Dan vanishes. The story line is fast-paced as the audience waits to see what will happen when Dan and Charlotte meet up and learn why he left. There is the question of who will end up with the girl as a potential romance between the heroine and the Fed as well as the abductor protecting her adds to the intrigue. Though the climax seems too pat, fans will appreciate this terse thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) Captor, in love with    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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