Airforce Colonel Julia Endicott is on the military fast-track to making General when a 20-year-old murder explodes around her, threatening to derail her life and career.

Two decades ago, following in the footsteps of her legendary father, a young Julia ships out to Vietnam to serve as a public relations officer. Captain Gabe Hunter is a talented and arrogant pilot used to getting his way. Julia's reserve and disdain are magnets that arouse his hunting instincts. Despite his predatory behavior, Gabe is supposed to be heavily involved with Julia's dear friend Claire Simmons.

For the past 20 years, Gabe Hunter has been listed first as MIA and then KIA in the war. During a joint American and Vietnamese search for missing solders, Gabe's body is discovered. It seems that he was murdered, and the incriminating weapon plus a medallion is buried beside him. Both the gun and the medal belong to Julia, so she is the prime suspect.

Special Agent Ted Marsh and his partner Barbara Lyles believe it won't take long to gather enough information to recommend an indictment of Colonel Endicott. Julia had hoped and prayed she had put Gabe and the effect he had on her life behind her. Who could have murdered him and why did they use her gun? By trying to protect others, Julia may wind up getting court-marshaled.

By incorporating her intimate knowledge of the military, Merline Lovelace brings a fresh and unique perspective to the romantic suspense genre. Powerful, passionate and guaranteed to appeal to a wide audience! (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith