St. Martin's, Feb 2004, 6.99, 352 pp.
Though wealthy with no need to work, California State Assistant DA Amelia Farrow works very hard to insure that no one will ever accuse her of riding on her illustrious father's judicial coat tails. In court she is professional, always ready, and does a superior job representing the state except when defense attorney George Gibson is her opponent.
After their latest amateurish debacle annoys the presiding judge, Amelia and George continue their squabble until they overhear a threat to kill jurors and judges followed by a gunshot. Amelia reports part of the incident while George blithely goes home,. The next day someone assaults Amelia in her home. A guilt ridden George visits Amelia to see if she is all right and to tell her that they need to trust no one until they find concrete evidence that dangerous wrong doings are occurring in the Los Angeles courthouse. As they work together illegally breaking and entering and stealing (borrowing?), they begin to better understand one another. Though they fall in love, both carry baggage from their childhood making anything lasting seem impossible.
Though the lead couple is both lawyers, the story line is more an amateur sleuth romantic suspense thriller. The story line is fun to follow as Amelia and George try to solve the case using illegal means while falling in love. Though the conspiracy seems too far-reaching to be genuine plus his best pal is a cop who would do anything for him (why not ask), the lead duet make this a fabulous tale whose first kiss in the air condition duct is a classic representation of a superb read.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner