Following the action of Betrayal of the Trust, Laura Caldwell has returned to Philadelphia. In the previous book, she brought down some of the city's most corrupt families and avenged the death of her father 20 years before. Now she just wants live with her family and the man she loves, former detective James Carter.

But her adversaries are seeking revenge. Her cousin's car explodes in a parking lot, her uncle is implicated in a high-profile murder and Laura has to sort out elaborate relationships of power and influence. James loves and wants to marry Laura, but he knows she's not telling him everything about the current situation. Each needs to trust the other.

This is an exciting, fascinating, sometimes confusing story set in the African-American business community. There are complicated relationships and backstories woven in. Banks carries all the threads to a satisfying conclusion, allowing the characters to learn that good and evil aren't always black and white. (Sep., 288 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor