Ed Vincent, millionare property investor, has been shot, and just barely clings to life in hospital. Marco Camelia is the detective on the case of finding the assassin. Ed was only able to whisper one name to staff before he fell into a coma; that name was Zelda. Zelda turns out to be a sexy young lady called Melba Merrydew, Ed's girlfriend. After elimating her as a suspect, Mario and Melba team up to find the killer together. Melba had seen the killer when he tried to dispose of her. She met Ed while trying to warn him of the killer's agenda.
On the search for the killer, we find out about Ed's past. His real name was Theo Farrar and that he grew up in a poor household. His family was tragically killed in a murderous plot by his brother Mitch. Only Ed and his evil brother Mitch survived the carnage. The search through Ed's past soon help solve the riddle of the killers.
This report prepared by Louisa Eggleton
Delacorte, Dec 2000, 24.95, 296 pp.
The urgent call sent millionaire Ed Vincent flying from Charleston to La Guardia in his Cessna in order to learn the identity of his rival on a property deal. After Ed debarks from his plane, a Sigma automatic greets him. In a coma, he is rushed to the hospital where the emergency staff struggles to save his life. Knowing he is going to die, Ed worries what will happen to his beloved Zelda, who will probably be the next target.
Zelda, who is actually Melba Merrydew, rushes to the hospital because she plans to keep her new found love alive. Zelda meets NYPD detective Marco Camelia who is assigned to the case. A happily married man with four kids, Marco finds himself desiring Melba. As they work together to uncover a killer, someone wants to make Zelda toast.
IN A HEARTBEAT is an exciting romantic suspense that fans of romance, police procedural, and thrillers will enjoy, particularly because of the exhilarating plot. The story line is fast-paced, loaded with twists and turns, and never eases up on the pace. Zelda and Ed (even in a coma) are wonderful characters, but readers will believe this novel belongs to the street tough, vulnerable Marco. Best-selling author Elizabeth Adler will gain a new group of fans with this superb story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner