Putnam, Sept 2003, 25.95, 448 pp.
Although her father is a drifter, a con man and a thief, she loves him anyway even though she wants no part of his life. Laine Tavish has made a new life for herself in Angel's Gap Maryland, running her own business and fixing up her home. Unfortunately her stable life begins to unravel when she is dragged into her father's latest scheme, a twenty-eight million-dollar jewelry heist.
The insurance company wants to recover the diamonds and hires private detective Max Gannon for the job. His search finds him in Angel's Gap where he meets Laine and falls instantly in love with her. When she finds out what Max is after, she agrees to help him provided her father goes free. Laine realizes she loves Max who reciprocates her feelings but if they are going to have any chance at a life together, she must find a way to return her father's half of the diamonds and stop a killer who wants her father's half in addition to his own.
In New York in 2059, Max and Laine's granddaughter Sammantha has written a book about their romance and the diamonds that were never recovered. She comes home after her book tour to find her home trashed and her house sitter dead. Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is the lead on the case and immediate see it doesn't look like an ordinary breaking and entering gone wrong. She thinks it might have something to do with the diamonds that were never found and subsequent evidence gathered with her new partner proves Eve's theory correct..
REMEMBER WHEN is really two novels in one with the common thread, being the stolen diamonds. The first tale is a very exciting work of romantic suspense written in Nora Robert's fabulous writing style. The second part of the story is an exciting police procedural written in J.D. Robb's (Nora Roberts pseudonym) unique and realistically gritty style. Although the same person wrote both works, it feels as if two very different authors worked on the book. Readers who are not familiar with J.D. Robb's “Death In” novels will find themselves fans of the series and try to obtain the backlist.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner