Kensington, Jul 2003, 24.00, 296pp.
Near the deserted stockyards of Fort Worth, Laredo saves the “old” man's life when he made noises which forces the assassin to leave the area before insuring the killer completed the job. Laredo takes the injured individual away from the crime scene, but the man with no memory insists he won't go to a hospital for fear his unknown foe will return. Obliging the amnesiac, Laredo takes him to a small spread owned by someone close to him, Hattie, a former nurse. The next day, Laredo learns that Montana rancher Chase Calder reportedly died in a fiery car crash. However, Laredo soon realizes that Chase is alive though not quite well and is with Hattie.
Two years ago someone murdered his son and now with the attempt on his own life, Chase decides the best chance of identifying his wannabe killer is to remain dead for a while. With Laredo's help he returns to Montana where they enlist his widowed daughter-in-law Jessy to help them keep the secret even from beloved kin like his daughter until the scoundrel is found as the less who know the better the chances of success.
The latest Calder tale is an exciting suspense thriller that fans of the series will enjoy. The story line is loaded with action from the moment Laredo saves Chase's life. Though the villain seems strange, readers will appreciate this entry especially the “Cat” wars against Jessy and several blossoming relationships. Janet Dailey has provided another fine story that her audience will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner