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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
Even if they lead to murder....
For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn't add up - especially after he meets the victim's daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of "accidents" have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together, they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder - and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father's secrets.
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By Anne on 05-05-10
One of Howard's best stories!
This is one of Linda Howard's best early, romantic suspense stories. Karen is a nurse who gets word that her estranged father was killed in New Orleans after a very long night shift at the hospital. Her father has been living on the streets on New Orleans and it looks like a straight forward shooting of a homeless man.
Before she has time to rest, she is talked into going to New Orleans to ID the body. The detective, Mark Chastain, tall, dark & gorgeous, takes an instant dislike to her. He mistakes her fatigue and emotional control for coldness. He soon realizes his mistake and seduces her over the next few days. She freaks out and runs back to Columbus, where she barrells into a contract killer at her apartment. She escapes him only to run into hit & run driver who is almost hits her and her friend Piper.
Meanwhile, back in New Orleans, Mark is angry that Karen left without a word and has linked her father's death to a body that dumped just over the Mississippi border. He gets a visit by a government agent who is pretending to be FBI.
So, Mark & Karen are working out their relationship while trying to figure out why a contract killer was after Karen. What did her father have that was so important?
It's a fast pace realistic tale and only slightly dated. It was first published in 1998.
The narration is really good with the reader showing expression and using different voices for the different characters.
FYI, all the Queen's Men has a loose link to this story in that a minor character in this one is a hero in that one.
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By Anonymous User on 02-03-10
I already knew that I liked this book, as I had read it when it was released. So this is all about the narration for me. And it was absolutely excellent! With this narration, Natalie Ross has made it to second place, right behind Anna Fields, as a female narrator that can give the hero a hot "voice! Listening to Marc Chastain in this audio book will have you bringing out a fan!
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