After her mother's inexplicable death, ex-model Melody Beecham is shocked by the revelation that the man she calls "father" is not her biological dad. Enraged by his ex-wife's betrayal, Wallis Beecham cuts Melody out of his life. Angry and hurt, she goes to the United States to work in a family friend's gallery.

Suspicious of Beecham's involvement in her mother's death—and determined to learn her true father's identity—Melody investigates Beecham's business dealings and associates. Eventually she crosses Nick Anwar's path and is recruited for his covert government agency, Unit One. Remaining alive while aiding Nick in his own pursuit of Beecham is a challenge only Melody could meet.

DECOY has a serpentine, satisfyingly resolved plot, highlighted by powerful chemistry between two strongly drawn protagonists. This is a page-turner in the truest sense. (Feb., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer