Zebra, Sep 2001, 6.99, 384 pp.
Allen Holloway paid abusive Troy Russell to divorce and leave his pregnant daughter Jenny. Fifteen years later, Troy has returned for a new handout and is low enough to use his own son as a pawn for cash. Rather than turn to her father, Jenny flees to Santa Fe to start anew.
Former cop Hunter Calgary obsessively tracks Troy because he believes the thug killed his sister so Allen asks him to keep safe his beloved daughter and grandson. Hunter vows to make sure that the snake does not harm the two Holloways, but soon finds himself in love with Jenny. However, he knows anything permanent is doomed because once she learns the truth as to why he is here she will flee. Still, he risks his life to keep the duo unharmed from a malevolent individual who does not mind committing homicide to gain easy money.
Romantic suspense readers will enjoy Janelle Taylor's latest thriller IN TOO DEEP because the story line never slows down until the end. The estrangement between the two older generations of Holloways seems forced as Jenny refuses to turn to her father for help even with the return of her dangerous former husband. The obvious contrast between the two key males with Troy the psychopath vs. Hunter the hero is a bit too blatant, but on the other hand, the audience will root for Jenny's champion to triumph because he is such a nice person. Ms. Taylor has written an engaging damsel in distress tale that will delight her fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner