Jove, Aug 2002, 5.99, 352 pp.
Denver coffeehouse owner Addison Fox arrives at the private investigator's office seeking to hire the sleuth to help her find her biological parents. Instead, the drunken detective hassles her until he realizes he has bothered the wrong client. A few days later, her lawyer provides Addison with the name of her biological mother, but by the time she arrives in Ohio to meet Agnes Beckett, she learns her mom was recently murdered.
Three weeks later, Transportation Department Aviation Disasters Investigator Randall Talbot apologizes to Addison for his behavior in his brother's office. When a trespasser enters her coffee shop, Randall saves her life. He insists this was a professional hit. Later she finds her lawyer dead and Randall proves that her adopted parents were murdered in what was allegedly a car accident. She has no idea why someone wants her dead and why those close to her are being killed. As Randall and Addison fall in love, he carries baggage from his job that has left him on sabbatical while she knows anyone close to her dies.
THE PERFECT VICTIM is an exciting thriller that slowly builds the romance mostly to augment the suspense. The action packed story line keeps readers wondering why Addison is a death magnet of the killer. Though the climax seems a bit weak for this powerful tale, readers will root for the lead couple to overcome the impossible odds by defeating her foe and learning who her biological father is. Linda Castillo furbishes a strong tale that fans of suspense will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner