This taut romantic suspense novel from RITA Award--winner Stuart (The Widow) delivers deliciously evil baddies and the type of disturbing male protagonist that only she can transform into a convincing love interest. Chloe Underwood, a 23-year-old American who regards herself as a disappointment to her high-achieving family, makes a meager living in Paris by translating children's books into English. After accepting a last-minute translating job in the French countryside, she discovers that rather than working for a consortium of food executives, she's stumbled upon a group of sadistic international arms dealers. Cold-blooded assassin Bastian Touissant, who was sent a year earlier by a nebulous "the ends justify the means" agency to infiltrate this shady group and try to stop its illegal activity, seems to blend right in. On meeting Chloe, Bastian isn't sure whether she's a spy, perhaps sent to kill him, or the innocent she appears to be. Despite his ruthlessness, Bastian can't resist saving Chloe's life (on multiple, graphic occasions) and attempting to send her back to her family in the U.S. Brilliant characterizations and a suitably moody ambience drive this dark tale of unlikely love.


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"A tremendous thriller"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2007

Chloe Underwood left the North Carolina Mountains to live in Paris. She scored work as a translator of children's books at Les Frere Laurent due to her promiscuous roommate Sylvia Whickham. When Sylvia has a chance to spend the weekend with wealthy sixty-seven years old Henry, she coaxes Read more...

"Resident Genuis of Romance delivers!"
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 26, 2007

Chloe Underwood comes from a family of doctors. Mother, father, siblings. They wish to pressure her into going to medical school, but at twenty-three, Chloe knows this is not the life for her - especially since she faints at the sight of blood. This is a theme common to Stuart Read more...


Black Ice
by Anne Stuart

MIRA Books
May 1, 2005
ISBN #0778321711
EAN #9780778321712
384 pages
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Other Books by
Anne Stuart

Dogs and Goddesses
The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes
Cold as Ice
The Devil's Waltz
Date with a Devil
Into the Fire
What Lies Beneath
Still Lake
The Widow
Shadows at Sunset
Lady Fortune
Shadow Lover
Catspaw II
Glass Houses
A Dark and Stormy Night
Crazy Like a Fox
Ritual Sins
Love a Dark Lord
Tangled Lies
A Rose at Midnight
Bewitching Hour
The Houseparty
Rocky Road
Museum Piece
The Spinster and the Rake
Lord Satan's Bride
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