St. Martin's, Jul 2002, 24.95, 400 pp.
They are having marital troubles, but still Claire Hayden throws a fortieth birthday bash for her spouse David though he told her he preferred nothing. While he gets dressed for the party, he tells her that he screwed up big time and she sees the fear in his eyes. He refuses to elaborate and she wonders when they stopped communicating. Later in the evening, Claire thinks David overindulged and is passed out somewhere. She finds him sleeping it off on a terrace chair until she gets closer and sees his throat has been sliced open.
Claire turns to David's cryptic friend Ian Marshall for answers and perhaps closure. Ian explains that the killer used a World War II era knife and is probably a former Nazi spy in hiding who has murdered with this MO before. She also learns that Ian is a Nazi hunter and insists she join him on THE CHASE of her husband's killer.
Fans of romantic suspense with the emphasis on the thrill will rejoice with THE CHASE, an action-packed tale told through two story lines that ultimately merge into one powerhouse theme. The plots take place in the present with the lead protagonists seeking a murderer and in World War II providing the background that leads to today's events. Readers will delight with the pair's investigation and want to see them on a future Nazi hunt. Brenda Joyce purveys a strong novel that will bring the highly regarded author many accolades from fans and reviewers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner