Bantam, Sept 2001, 25.95, 388 pp.
Small town police officer Lorraine “Rainie” Connor and supervisory special agent Pierce Quincy worked together, solving a case involving mass murders. Their relationship could have developed into something more but Rainie felt she wasn't good enough for him and pushed him out of her life. Now they are brought back together once again to solve the biggest case of their career or die trying.
This case is up close and very personal for Pierce because his daughter is in an auto accident that was no accident and his ex-wife is killed. The local Virginia police finger Pierce as their prime suspect. Pierce moves heaven and earth to protect his remaining daughter Kimberly with Rainie's help. She wants to make sure that the man she cares about doesn't lose anymore people he cares about. She also wants to see him stay alive so they can begin a future together.
THE NEXT ACCIDENT is a stunning work of romantic suspense with so many unexpected twists that the reader will not be able to predict what happens next. Lisa Gardner has written a fast paced action adventure plot while never forgetting to create characters the audience so that the audience will feel strongly enough for them to survive and get it on together. Anybody interested in seeing how Pierce and Rainie first met should read THE THIRD VICTIM even though THE NEXT ACCIDENT is a stand-alone thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner