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"Entertaining FBI romance"

In Glendale, Arizona, gem cutter Kate Chandler is ecstatic because collector Arthur McCloud hired her to cut the Seven Sins sapphires. Her brother Lee Mandel delivers the gems to its owner, but in Florida he vanishes. Kate is frantic, but the police believe that Lee absconded with the goods and a girlfriend to the Caribbean. Kate disagrees if for no other reason than her sibling was in love with Norm Gallagher and would never desert his mate.

Five months later, Kate continues to search for her brother while attending gem shows to see if she can find the Seven Sins. Undercover FBI Agent Sam Groves sees Kate pull a switch at a Phoenix shows and takes her with him. As they become acquainted and he realizes how much she detests the bureau for not looking for Lee, they fall in love and begin teaming up to stop an illegal dangerous gem ring that is as smooth as Teflon and seek what happened to her brother.

This is an entertaining FBI romance that grips readers when Sam watches Kate perform a sexy sleight of the hand. The story line keeps the audience attention as the duo fall in love, but officialdom keeps them together by "punishing" Sam. Though the perpetrator seems too coincidental and out of left field, fans will enjoy this delightful tale in which the hero faces exile to Fargo rather than accolades (excrement rolls downhill while acclaim remains in the stratosphere).

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 3, 2004

SUMMARY

It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the chance to cut seven rare and priceless sapphires and solidify her reputation as a world class jewel cutter. But something goes horribly, tragically wrong during what should be a simple transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish without a trace. Missing also is the man she trusted to transport the gems: her brother Lee, who now, quite possibly, is dead. And suddenly Kate is on the run, pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch.

Special agent Sam Groves is one of the best of the best, an essential member of the FBI's elite crime strike force and the perfect man to lead the hunt, since he could never be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But there is something troubling about this assignment, because someone else is chasing Kate Chandler as well.

Only Kate suspects the awful truth: that she's unwittingly stumbled into a conspiracy of deceit, betrayal, and cold- blooded murder that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist. And a chilling, threatening voice on the telephone only confirms her worst suspicions. Getting Sam Groves, the FBI agent who's her constant shadow, to believe her is a step in the right direction—but it may be one that's too little and too late in a bloody game where terror dictates her every move and the rules are constantly changing. Because the order has already been passed down to a ruthlessly efficient assassin that Kate Chandler must not be allowed to live...

 

The Color of Death
by Elizabeth Lowell

William Morrow & Co.
June 15, 2004
ISBN #0060504137
400 pages
Hardcover
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