Zebra, Aug 2001, 6.99, 464 pp.
The trip to Mexico was a disaster for radio psychologist Dr. Samantha Leeds. She manages to return to her home in Cambrai on the shore of Lake Pontchartain near New Orleans with a leg in a cast and the end of her relationship with David Ross. However, her answering machine has more than the welcome home from her dad, it contains a message about paying for her sins and than there is the envelop with the not “repent” note inside it.
At about the same time, someone begins torturing and murdering prostitutes while simultaneously listening to Dr. Sam's New Orleans radio show. When Sam limps back to work threatening calls start coming in to her show. Police Detective Rick Bentz realizes that Sam is the only lead to the killer, but is not sure of the connection. Neither is Sam. Meanwhile Sam meets Ty Wheeler and begins to fall in love with him, but wonders if she can trust him or will he turn out to be her latest male mistake and even worse, her stalker.
HOT BLOODED is an exciting romantic suspense tale with a strong emphasis on the suspense. The story line moves rather quickly forward, as Lisa Jackson takes no prisoners. Sam is a wonderful damsel in distress who abhors that role. The killer is obsessed but clever even fooling an intelligent detective like Rick Bentz. Sub-genre fans and those who enjoy a taut police procedural-thriller will delight in this novel and look forward to next year's sequel COLD BLOODED that returns many of the cast members from this tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner