Amber Quill, Oct 2002, 15.49, 274 pp.
In Ohio homicide detective LeAnne McVeigh brings in for questioning Marcus “Snake” Gallego biker husband to the first female victim Jillian, dead of erotic asphyxiation. However, soon other women soon follow with the only connections between them apparently being that they cheated on their husbands and that the serial killer relishes his deadly power trip.
LeAnne continues to investigate Snake and his cronies, but is shocked how enticing the big biker is though she is engaged to prosecutor Chad Baker. Other suspects surface, but the killings continue placing Henry County under the terrorizing grip of a dangerous serial killer. LeAnne thinks Snake is innocent and actually a good person hiding inside his biker garb but Chad has no doubts he is the culprit. His fiancee wonders is that unprofessional jealousy talking?
KISS OF DECEIT is a tremendous police procedural with enough romance that will entice romantic suspense readers too. The story line moves faster than Snake's Harley can go, but insures that he and LeAnne come across as real people. On the surface the lead protagonists seem opposite one another as he lives for the day in his grassroots lifestyle while she looks to the future yet both have deep senses of loyalty and duty. There are plenty of suspects with motives provided for each one. No deceit, this is a winner for those fans who enjoy a taut mystery with plenty of racy tension. Strongly recommend also reading Patricia A. Rasey's backlist to include FAÇADE, DEADLY OBSESSION and THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN as this reviewer intends to do.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner