Forge, Nov 2003, 24.95, 336 pp.
Portland, Oregon prosecutor Max Travis has a tremendous conviction record though his sex life seems to be in a permanent slump. However, he feels that his luck is changing when he meets hairdresser Dana Waverleigh, though she is the mother of two children and the ex of three husbands. Max believes he has met his forever love who will forgive his workaholic transgressions unlike his two former spouses.
However, Dana is not seeing Max exclusively as her former boyfriend, Jack Nizhl, expects her to use her body to gain insider information from her new beau on a crime investigation that involves both of them and a drug using maniac. Will Max see the light of how Dana, though she is blackmailed into her clandestine activities, is using him or will he continue to see the world through the rose colored head that reacts to her stimulus without thinking?
DYING FOR DANA is a delightful relationship investigative tale that works because of how well Jim Patton escorts the readers inside the heads of the key cast members. Fans will comprehend the dichotomy that makes up Max, a superstar in the courtroom and a zero in his personal life. Dana is even more complex as she is a nice person, but her choice in men is haunting her because she likes Max. Fans also see inside the two thugs, Jack and his maniac partner. Readers will enjoy this detective story that works on several levels due to the interactivity of the characters whether it is love, robbery, or murder.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner