Signet, Aug 2003, 6.99, 304 pp.
In Los Angeles, jewelry designer Kameko Sayura goes to deposit her receipts in the bank, leaving her able sixteen-year-old assistant Tara Jones to watch the store and to make some emerald selections. When she returns Tara is gone, a sword is imbedded into her desk with Tara's bracelet on it, and a subsequent phone call substantiates that she has been abducted. The caller demands the return of the Swords stolen by her now deceased criminal father. The police suspect Kameko hurt or killed Tara especially when she seems to hide information.
Kameko needs special help and she knows one person who can do that. Retired intelligent agent Sean Delaney once abducted her in his search for her father and the swords with the encryption that supposedly could harm thousands. She finds him hidden on a farm, drinking. Unable to not help the woman who haunts him, they begin a quest to find the swords and rescue Tara not yet aware that her chip off the old block brother is in America willing to kill to possess the swords.
The finale of the Tiger Swords trilogy is a non-stop action romantic thriller that answers the questions from the previous two novels. The story line moves rapidly forward from the moment that Tara is snatched until the final confrontation. The lead duo is a delightful pair struggling to evade police, the US Army, criminals, and an assortment of other individuals who want their heads. Jessica Hall wraps up a strong trio of suspense novels with a fine finish.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner