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Back in her hometown to consider becoming its chief of police, city cop Cassandra "Jax" Jackson immediately finds herself in an ethical bind. But Jax can't turn away the two strays that she finds near the house that comes with the job, Michael "River" Corbett and his dog, especially after River saves her life.

Imprisoned in a mental facility for killing his wife, River has just escaped. After looking into his story, Jax believes him, and she agrees to help River find out what really happened the night his wife died. But this is one dangerous undertaking: If River's not guilty and the killer's at large, desperate to silence him permanently, then they're both targets.

Shayne excels at creating dramatic, powerful stories, and this one's no exception. Laced with crackling sexual tension and a hint of the paranormal, it's sure to delight her fans. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer