Mira, Jul 2003, 6.50, 400 pp.
In the Fort Ticonderoga Museum in New York, terrorists burn the Revolutionary War era Schuyler flag that President Kent planned to use on his Spirit of America tour. Besides political concerns, the White House believes this destruction of a prime symbol will hurt the nation's morale if no flag is presented in two weeks when the gala begins.
Smithsonian Director of Artifacts Eric Wilcox says that a private owner possesses a Betsy Ross flag given by Washington to Robert Morris. FBI Agent Nate Murtaugh is assigned to buy the flag. He needs the help of an insider, shopkeeper Ellie Littlefield to accomplish the deed in such a short time. She refuses, remembering how law enforcement left her to walk the streets alone as a young teen when her dad was incarcerated. When a young eyewitness is endangered, Ellie agrees to help Nate in exchange for his assistance to help the lad. While they seek to protect a child and obtain the flag, Nate and Ellie fall in love. However, a FED and a cop hater make the gap seem too big to traverse.
TRIPLE THREAT is an exciting romantic suspense tale that is at its best when it stays with the two-prong plot of finding the replacement flag and rescuing the little boy. When the tale turns into a conspiracy aimed at the president, the action is supremely fast, but needs acceptance as it spins away from two delightful people falling in love while trying to accomplish two difficult but realistic assignments. Still readers will enjoy Jan Coffey's fast-paced, suspense loaded tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner