Nate Kincaid was beloved his whole life. Doted on by his uncle and aunt, they treated him more like a son, after his parents died in a fire. They treated him more special than the daughter they adopted. So why would someone kill Nate Kincaid? Someone had, in a most brutal fashion: beaten him to death in a dirty garage on the edge of a dying town in Wisconsin.
Jamie's mother wants answers. Jamie wants answers, too. And since the police take an apathetic view that is was just another drug deal gone sour, she goes to Dillon Gaynor for help.
Dillon is likely responsible for Nate's death, in the real sense, if not, then for leading Nate into drug culture. For most of her life, Jamie had watched Dillon at a safe distance. A pretty girl, more smart than she should be, according to Nate, she valued that distance from Dillon. Being smart, Jamie clung to that safety, because deep inside she knew Dillon fascinated her.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Mira, Aug 2003, 6.50
At the urgings of her mother, boarding schoolteacher Jamie Kincaid drives from her Rhode Island home to Cooperstown, Wisconsin to learn what happened to her cousin, Nate. Officially, Nate was found murdered in the garage of his best friend Dillon Gaynor.
Jamie's car breaks down near Dillon's establishment, forcing him to provide hospitality to her. She stays under his hostile roof with her money and credit cards soon missing and while she waits for her vehicle to be repaired. Only his “pal” Mousy treats her nice. Still though a dozen years have passed since they last saw one another the attraction between the daughter of wealth and the bad boy blossoms into an adult love. However, the specter of Nate and the more to life philosophy that her mother the “duchess” espouses stands in the way of anything permanent.
This is an entertaining romantic suspense with a hint of supernatural happenings (read the novel to determine if it is a ghost or not). The story line is exciting, but the audience will become a bit irritated with Dillon's consistent nasty behavior towards Jamie. Still Anne Stuart provides a solid tale that will please her fans that will only want the best for the warm heroine.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner