Imagine a Michael Corleone who tries to quit the business only to get dragged back in by a damsel in distress. That's the plot of this very readable story. The characters must confront evil (naturally) and their own insecurities and assumptions. This is a cool book for commuters; you can put it down, but you'll want to pick it up on your next ride.
Luke Webber has a good
life in Alaska as a bush pilot. No one asks about yesterday, and people are straightforward and look out for one another. He's glad he picked this place to reinvent himself. When Isabella shows up in her slick, high-priced clothes, he's wary. She looks like the past -- and the carload of thugs chasing her are instantly recognizable. He is frightened for
his friends, fearing they will become hostages to force him back to his old life. Isabella, his friends and Luke himself will die unless he returns to being the killer he once was, which was just what he fled to the wilds to escape. (LOVE SPELL, Nov., 336 pp., $7.99)