Seventeen years ago, after breaking curfew with best friend Pamela Webb, Irene Stenson came home to find her parents dead, supposedly a murder–suicide. Devastated, Irene left the small California town of Dunsley and did not return. Now a reporter, Irene receives an urgent e-mail from Pamela asking her to return because there are secrets that need to be revealed. When Irene does, she finds Pamela dead, an apparent suicide.

Ex-marine Luke Danner is trying his hand at inn-keeping in Dunsley. Sensing trouble and highly intrigued by Irene, Luke follows her the night she discovers Pamela's body. Irene is certain it's murder, and as Luke starts to connect the dots, he's inclined to agree. But with Pamela's senator father trying to close down the investigation, revealing the truth could be dangerous business.

Both the hero and heroine in this dazzling new thriller are complex individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Krentz's generous use of humor keeps the action lively, romance crisp and the suspense intriguing. A classic Krentz bestseller! (Jan., 416 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith