Mira, Apr 2004, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Longview, Texas, Campbell Cody works for her father's security firm that provides protection to Maple View Retirement Community. During a ferocious storm, Campbell observes resident Maida Livingston speed out of the complex. Campbell reports the incident, but cannot do anything about it especially after lightning struck her.
Jackson Blade works undercover for the police trying to bring drug peddlers and runners to justice. He runs into Campbell at the hospital. Later Campbell learns that Maida is dead. The police find blood in her home and believe the murder occurred there; Campbell is a suspect. When Campbell meets Jackson again, he admits he is an undercover cop. As they work together to solve who killed Maida, they fall in love, but his work and her aspirations make anything permanent impossible.
Though the “dueling” murder mystery investigations (official and by the lead couple) takes a while before coming to the forefront, fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this terse tale due to a powerful cast especially the support crew. Between many of the secondary characters and the heroine, readers receive an intriguing deep look at what goes on behind the scenes of a security firm keeping a fenced in community safe. Jackson is the more enigmatic individual as he wants Campbell, but knows he cannot have her as long as he remains underground. No one in the audience will go to sleep until they finish this novel in one sitting.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner