Former army ranger turned author Nick Sirocco attributes his ending up on the right side of the law to police officer Paddy Hawkins, who took an interest in him when he was a kid. The two kept in touch over the years, and Paddy was to help Nick with his book. So when Nick hears that Paddy committed suicide, he knows it can't be true and turns to Paddy's semi-estranged daughter Danni for help.

All her life, P.I. Danni felt like she was second best to the street boys her father attempted to rescue. When Nick insists her father did not kill himself, Danni isn't convinced—at first. But soon they're wondering what Paddy knew that got him killed. Could the trail lead back to police headquarters?

Branching out into new territory, historical author McKade proves she has a gift for plotting tightly drawn and exciting romantic suspense. It's the characters, with their all too human foibles, that make this an emotional and thrilling read. (Nov., 336 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith