Martin just keeps getting better and better! Her characters have more depth, and her plots are more sinister, as the Against series continues. Set in the sizzling desert of west Texas and rife with mystery, intrigue and twisted family secrets, this entry is sure to earn a spot on any fan’s keeper shelf.

Sabrina Ekhart is sure there’s a hidden silver mine out in the west Texas desert land she inherited — one that will help her financial problems disappear, if she lives to find it. That’s why she hires private investigator Alex Justice. He’s an overbearing and arrogant former Navy pilot, but he’s exactly what she needs, as accidents plague their search — starting with a helicopter crash. Still, he’s sexy, tough and determined to keep her alive. It would appear that Sabrina’s inheritance could be more of a curse than a blessing. Alex and Sabrina aren’t sure who is trying to kill them, but it’s a sure thing that if they don’t watch their backs, no amount of silver is going to help them. (MIRA, Dec., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper