Refused her tenure and disillusioned by her divorce, professor Ana Kimble needs to get away. An invitation to vacation with her friend Rachel answers her prayers. Then a glimpse of a man at the airport not only stirs Ana's hormones, it sends her imagination into overdrive—getting her started on the novel she's been wanting to write for years.

Spending time with the brilliant Rachel isn't a picnic. She's been working on a top-level project for her brother and is worried about how his pharmaceuticals company is using her research. When she disappears, Ana doesn't know what to do—so she winds up working with the man she spotted in the airport, Nick Travis. Is he a P.I., as he claims, or something more sinister? Ana doesn't want to trust him, but she must if she wants to save Rachel's life, and her own.

Sexy and sophisticated, Dead Easy has a complex, horrifyingly plausible plot. The characters are particularly well drawn, especially the villain. (Sep., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer