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by Iris Johansen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2005 Suspense Nominee

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Four years after a madman tried to kill her for her resemblance to an actress named Cira, who lived 2,000 years ago, Jane MacGuire is still haunted by the past, and the hunt to find Cira's lost gold drives a number of individuals. Events take a tragic turn when a friend is murdered during an attempted kidnapping of Jane. Who is it that wants her?

Treasure seeker Mark Trevor knows, and for her safety, he convinces Jane to fly to MacDuff's Run in Scotland. There are players in this twisted game who won't hesitate to kill, so stopping them is the only option. Jane and Trevor soon learn that discovering the whereabouts of the lost gold is only the first move in a horrific terrorist plot. Time is rapidly running out. Can Jane's dreams of Cira's past life help save the future?

Feisty former street kid Jane (the adopted daughter of Johansen's series character Eve Duncan) is now a full-fledged heroine capable of carrying her own book. Johansen is a first-rate suspense master who builds intricate, multilayered plots that are mesmerizing and thrilling. (May, 405 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Bantam

Published: May 2005

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Submitted by Robin in PA on October 15, 2011 - 12:16am.

After a botched kidnapping attempt and the death of a friend, Jane MacGuire is running for her life. The only man who can help her is Mark Trevor, a con man who has his own reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe from a relentless killer. As Jane and Trevor try to solve a 2,000 year old mystery of Cira's gold, they need to stop international terrorists from carrying out their deadly plot.

This is a continuation of Johansen's previous book, Blind Alley. When I finished Blind Alley, I was relieved the hunt for Cira's gold was over. In this book we are hunting for it again, going up against international terrorists who want the gold too. I was so BORED with this story. At least the last 100 pages were somewhat interesting. And, I'm sorry to say, we still haven't found the treasure. I hope this plot isn't revisited in the next book or I may have to just give up on this series. My rating: 2 Stars.