"Taut investigative romantic suspense"
Former Newark undercover cop Chris Judge left the force
under a cloud as some Mafia money went missing and though
not proven Internal Affairs believe he probably took it.
Chris stole the cash to help his wheelchair bound best
friend. His friends and his ex-wife worry with good cause
about his mental health as Chris suffers from severe
depression over the money and his two years underground.
Chris is about to prove they are right to worry. He points
a loaded gun to his head when he receives a drastic call
from Ashley Marin. Twenty years ago, Chris saved a then
teen Ashley's life from kidnappers Davey Potts and his now
deceased father. Apparently, Potts just got released from
prison and has abducted Ashley's teenage daughter. A
frantic Ashley believes only Chris can save her child.
Reluctantly, Chris agrees realizing he has a reason to live
starting with saving the life of the teen and soon falling
in love with the mother who has worshiped him for two
Though the reason for the kidnapping is ludicrous, the
story line is a taut investigative romantic suspense.
Chris is a complex individual suffering from extreme guilt
for not just stealing the money, but for turning in people
that had become his friends while undercover. Ashley has
revered Chris since he saved her life, but knows she also
loves her hero. However, it is her anxiety over her
daughter that makes the tension so palatable and believable
that the audience will feel a bit of a letdown when the
real reason for the abduction surfaces.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 25, 2003
As a young girl, Ashley Marin was kidnapped and held for
months in an abandoned mine, high in the Colorado Rockies.
Now, twenty years later, she must relive her worst
nightmare... Because her tormentor has been paroled. And
Ashley's fifteen-year-old daughter, Lauren, is missing.
Chris Judge was there the night Ashley was rescued. That
event changed his life and was the reason he became a
police officer. Now, he's retired, divorced, and
disillusioned, but he has never forgotten Ashley. And now,
she needs his help more than ever. As they desperately
search for her daughter, every step closer leads back to
the past. And only one thing is certain...somewhere deep
in the cold, the kidnapper is ready and waiting.