THE BLACK HAWK
Bourne grips readers from the beginning and holds them to the very end of her powerfully written thriller. Few authors delve into espionage in France and England with as much panache as Bourne, nor do many bring their characters through decades in flashbacks with aplomb. This is a novel romance that readers won’t forget.
When Justine DeCabrillac is stabbed by an assassin on the streets of London, the woman once known as the French spy “Owl” seeks help from Lord Adrian Hawkhurst. During the last days of the Reign of Terror they were child spies in the dangerous blood-soaked streets of Paris; they worked together on and off over the years and became lovers. When Justine staggers into his home Hawk realizes he wants her back and he must unmask the person who tried to kill her with his knife. Though they have been apart for years and long ago Justine lost her trust in him, he is determined to have her forever. Justine has a chance to find out if what they had when they were young will last despite the odds against them. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 336 pp., $7.99)