Mira, May 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
Following an overkill press conference of the joint fugitive task force, US Marshals Rob Dunnemore and Nate Winter are enjoying a walk in Central Park when a sniper shoots both law enforcement officials with the former critically hurt. While Nate struggles to keep his partner alive and locate the killer, Rob's sister historical archaeologist Sarah Dunnemore is taking a slight breather after completing her Poe family project with the documentary that goes back to the roots in Scotland.
When Sarah learns that her twin is injured, she leaves her home in Night's Landing, Tennessee to be at her side in a Manhattan hospital. There she meets by the rules Nate, who is obsessed with finding the assassin who escaped the park. Though out of character, he is very attracted to his partner's sibling but, Nate believes she has insider information involving her Tennessee neighbor and sometime resident, the President of the United States that ties back to his investigation. He will not allow even the woman he loves to escape his scrutiny whether she is in Night's Landing, New York City or some remote historical site for she is the key to unraveling who paid the killer.
NIGHT'S LANDING is an exhilarating police procedural romance with political elements that raise the tension, but also distracts from the prime two subplots of searching for a killer and of course the love story. Carla Neggers provides terrific counterpoints whether it is locations or just looking at tulips when blood abruptly flows. The lead couple is a delight as hardboiled Nate seems like Sam Spade refusing to let even love from stopping him from obtaining the truth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner