Since he hired her, casino owner, computer hacker, and gold collector Shane Tannahill has wanted his curator, Risa Sheridan. Only Shane doesn't date employees and Risa likes her job. When Risa's childhood friend--and suspicious character Cherelle shows up, Shane watches her. When Cherelle's arrival corresponds directly with an attack on Risa, the murder of three men, and new rumors of an ancient Druid hoard of gold, Shane knows Cherelle is connected. Risa is forced to agree, and the two leap into an investigation that will, hopefully, lead them to the gold. However, more powerful forces are at work and Shane may find not only his business at stake.
This report prepared by Sarrah
Morrow, Apr 2002, 24.95
In Arizona, channeler Cherelle Faulkner kills her client octogenarian Virgil O'Connor. She and her boy toy Tim Seton take the Druid gold that Virgil stole when serving in Europe during World War II.
At the same time in Nevada, casino owners discuss what to do about the proprietor of the Golden Fleece, Shane Tannahill whose honesty hurts their business. They agree to get the Feds on him by quietly laundering mob money through his accounts and also insure he is caught with stolen golden pieces since he always seeks artifacts to place on display.
Cherelle knows that her childhood friend Risa Sheridan is the curator of Shane's collection. Cherelle, Tim, and his friend Socks go to Nevada to sell the artifacts. Risa tries to help her friend even after Socks attacks her. FBI agent April Joy obtains Shane's cooperation to bust a money-laundering scheme. As the danger mounts, Risa and Shane fall in love, but both realize the two-edged sword their hearts carry as they worry about someone else as murders occur.
Fans of romantic suspense would say that a novel that ties together money laundering, casinos, Druid gold artifacts, and romance couldn't work. However, Elizabeth Lowell blends all that into a powerful action-packed tale. The lead couple is an enticing pair whose love evolves as the plot moves forward. The support cast adds depth to Risa, Shane and to the prime theme. Though the exciting story line leaves a few loose ends dangling such as the “power” of the Druid gold, readers will relish RUNNING SCARED and opt for a sequel between a certain FBI agent and Risa's body guard.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner