Onyx, Sept 2001 5.99, 368 pp.
Page Yarbrough thinks she is the luckiest woman in the world to be married to the Governor of Mississippi and to have a lovely daughter with him. The daughter is so precious and beautiful that at eight years of age, she enters and wins beauty pageants. The golden couple is expecting another child a son, but their joy turns to ashes when Page delivers a baby that is black.
At first both think the hospital made a mistake and a mix up of the babies born that night occured. When DNA testing proves that little Adam is Page's child but not Lucien's biological son, he divorces her and wins custody of their daughter. It seems that nobody but her lawyer believes she has been faithful to Lucien. With her attorney's help Page intends to prove it so that she can regain custody of her daughter.
This is a medical and legal thriller that is so cutting edge and frontier like in both genres that readers will find the story totally stunning yet enthralling. The heroine is a fighter who will go to the wall and beyond fighting for her beliefs. Page gains the respect and empathy of the audience who root for her every step of the way. Charles Smithdeal is going to be a star in the thriller sub-genre if WITHOUT SIN is a sample of what he is capable of doing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner