DEAD BY MIDNIGHT
Barton continues to explore the lives of characters connected to the Powell Detective Agency. A key theme running through this chilling tale is whether you can escape your past. Readers met Mike and Lorie's tangled history in Silent Killer; now a determined killer is stalking Lorie. Multilayered stories with some interconnecting plot layers make Barton's novel complex and unputdownable!
Lorie Hammonds has paid for her tragic, youthful pursuit of a dream. It cost her her reputation, respect and the love of her life. These days Lorie is rebuilding her life, if not her love life, back in her hometown. Sheriff Mike Burkett can't forgive Lorie for breaking his heart and running off to Hollywood. His antipathy even causes him to initially doubt the death threats Lorie receives.
Powell Agency detective Maleah Perdue realizes the threats are deadly serious, especially once she learns that someone is killing the cast members an the adult film Lorie worked in. As the killer continues, Mike must face his feelings and fears. (ZEBRA, Feb., 442 pp., $7.99)