By Sandra Brown
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer SANDRA BROWN IS again WITH A SPINE-TINGLING tale OF homicide AND BETRAYAL -- AND A murder DETECTIVE'S fight along with his personal ideas OF behavior.
When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the house of pass judgement on Cato Laird in the midst of the evening to enquire a deadly capturing, he is aware that discretion and kid-glove remedy are the keys to staying within the judge's solid graces and holding his task.
At first look, the case seems open-and-shut: Elise, the judge's trophy spouse, interrupted a housebreaking in development and killed the intruder in self-defense. yet Duncan is straight away suspicious of Elise's blameless act. His intestine feeling is that her account of the capturing is barely partly precise -- and it's the components she's leaving out that trouble him.
Determined to profit the lifeless man's connection to the Lairds and get on the fact, Duncan investigates additional and quick reveals his profession, in addition to his integrity, in jeopardy -- simply because he can't deny his expanding charm to Elise Laird, whether she is a married lady, a confirmed liar, and a homicide suspect.
When Elise seeks Duncan out privately and makes an enormous allegation, he at first dismisses it because the manipulative lie of a in charge girl. yet what if she's telling the reality? Then that unmarried deadly gunshot at her domestic takes on much more sinister value, probably related to Duncan's nemesis, the brutal crime lord Robert Savich.
And then Elise is going lacking . . .
Ricochet's plot twists -- as merely Sandra Brown can write them -- and palpable suspense mix to create this gripping mystery, within which a good cop's worst enemy could be his personal sense of right and wrong, and trusting the incorrect individual may suggest the adaptation among existence and dying.
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Not possible,” said Daumier. “The building has been sold several times over. M. Rideau has left the country. ” Beryl and Jordan sat in stunned silence. So that was Daumier’s theory, thought Beryl. That her mother had a lover. Once or twice a week she would meet him in that attic flat on Rue Myrha. And then her father found out. So he killed her. And then he killed himself. She looked up at Richard and saw the flicker of sympathy in his eyes. He believes it, too, she thought. Suddenly she resented him simply for being here, for hearing the most shameful secret of her family.
He moved toward her, his face still hidden in shadow. “Who reared you, then? ” She smiled. “‘Reared’ is a bit of an exaggeration. Uncle Hugh gave us a home, and then he pretty much turned us loose to grow up as we pleased. Jordan’s done quite well for himself, I think. Gone to university and all. ” Richard moved closer—so close she thought she could see his eyes glittering above her in the darkness. ” “The wild one,” he murmured. ” He touched her face. With that one brief contact, he left her skin tingling.
So am I. ” “How is Marie St. ” “A few scratches, bruises. ” “Semtex. The upper apartment was completely demolished. ” “There was a telephone call shortly after the blast. It was a man, said he belonged to some group called Cosmic Solidarity. ” “Cosmic Solidarity? ” “Neither have we,” said Daumier. ” Yes, Richard knew only too well. Any wacko with the right connections could buy a few ounces of Semtex, build a bomb, and join the revolution—any revolution. No wonder his business was booming. In this brave new world, terrorism was a fact of life.