BEACHCOMBER by KAREN ROBARDS
Christy Petrino hadn't planned on a vacation on Ocracoke
Island, but when she learns her fiancéé and boss, suave
Michael DePalma, is a "made man" and the Philadelphia law
firm where she works is a front for the mob, she breaks her
engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from
the DePalma family business so easily....Only if she
delivers a locked briefcase to a motel on Ocracoke Island
will she—and her mother and sisters—be free.
But after clandestinely making her drop-off late at night,
Christy suspects she is being followed on the moonlit beach—
and unwittingly runs into a new kind of terror. Now a
witness at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy
learns the police are hunting a serial killer they refer to
as the "Beachcomber" because beautiful young women—women
who in fact resemble her—have disappeared recently while
vacationing at nearby beach communities. Christy doesn't
know whom to fear more—a serial killer who believes she
might be able to identify him, or the DePalma family, whose
tentacles she can't seem to escape.
Only when she's with Luke Rand, her big surfer-dude next-
door neighbor, does she feel safe. But with Luke's asking
so many questions about her ex-fiancéé and his showing up
almost too conveniently whenever danger strikes, she can't
help but wonder if his interest in her is due to more than
sexual attraction. Can she trust this handsome stranger to
help her survive a hot and deadly summer?
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