After years of mistaken loyalty to crime boss William Davis, Selena McCaffrey would like to start a law-abiding life with her new love, detective Tony Ceola. The FBI, however, has other ideas. They offer Selena a deal: If she pretends to take over the now-comatose Davis' empire and allows them to shut it down, Selena will be granted a full pardon and citizenship.

Tony wants Selena to take her chances in court, but Selena accepts the FBI offer, even though she knows she's placing her life in jeopardy. Plus, she has something she needs from them -- access to Davis' journals to see if she can unravel the mystery of her past. It now appears that rather than discovering Selena in Jamaica all those years ago, William was hunting for her.

Loyalties and love are put through the ringer in this super-charged sequel to The Assassin. The fires that have sparked Selena make her one of the most interesting heroines around. Butler delivers gritty, in-your-face suspense that is heart-stopping! (Dec., 374 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith