"Fine police procedural romance"
The serial killer informs FBI Agent Sam McCabe that
Madeline is next. Creative Partners owner Maddie
Fitzgerald hopes to win the multimillion-dollar
advertising of Bechler's Pet Chow. That night Maddie
awakens because she knows someone is in her hotel room.
Panicked she stabs the intruder with a pencil and flees.
The next morning, Sam learns the serial killer murdered
Madeline Fitzgerald, but that another Maddie was in the
hotel and survived an assault. Sam tries to interview
Maddie but she is hostile towards the Fed. Maddie wins
the contract and returns to St. Louis where she calls a
mob number to warn them if they kill her, evidence from
her father's work will surface.
Sam realizes the killer knows he made a mistake and will
try to murder Maddie soon. When someone shoots her, he
stays at her place to keep her safe. Unable to resist,
they kiss. Both love and hate the emotions they feel, but
soon make love. While still in each other's arms, the
killer calls so Sam can hear him murder Carol, which
reminds them that he has a killer to catch and she has a
past that would destroy an FBI Agent's career.
Fans of police procedural romances will enjoy the action-
packed thriller that does not slow down until the final
confrontation ties up all loose ends. The attraction
between the lead couple is handled nicely except for
making love with killers chasing them. Though the killer's
need to flaunt Sam seems out of character since he is
atypical as he "cleansing" his past, readers will enjoy
this solid suspense story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 12, 2004