Amber Quill, 2003, 230 pp.
Marcus "Snake" Gallego accompanied by Egan "Villain" Tate and Ginny Summers returns to Henry County, Ohio to try to keep the woman safe from her biker friends. If the California based Chief Randy Craig learns where Ginny is he will kill her and probably former member Villain too as no one quits the gang.
Someone kills Ginny in the same manner, tied to a bedpost, in which Snake's wife was murdered two years ago. Homicide detective LeAnne McVeigh investigates the murder that brings her former lover Marcus back into her life. Though she loves Marcus, LeAnne is angry with him for deserting her without a look back. Serving as temporary coroner, Doctor Whitney Montgomery also works the case, but finds an attraction with the aptly named Villain. While LeAnne and Whitney wonder if the one each of them loves is the killer, the gangsters are coming to town. Randy does not mind running over the innocent if it enables him to get to Egan, who knows that his beloved doctor is such a target.
EYES OF BETRAYAL, the sequel to the taut KISS OF DECEIT, returns two strong characters from the first novel. The story line starts at a dark rapid speed and never slows down until the climax. Readers will wonder who killed Snake's wife and Ginny, whether the biker gang will murder townsfolk including the two women, and will either or both couples stay together if they survive. Fans of terse thrillers will want to read this one, the previous one, and what one phone call from the grave sets up the next Patricia Rasey's chiller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner