This thriller involving sexual mutilation, political intrigue, and scandal is tastefully written. The author does an excellent job with no gratuitous descriptions or, even, murders. Force’s skill is also evident in the way that she develops the characters, from the murdered and mutilated senator to the detective and chief of staff who are trying to solve the case. The heroine, Sam, is especially complex and her secrets add depth to this mystery. Furthermore, the reignited romance between Detective Sam Holland and the senator’s chief of staff/best friend, Nick Cappuano, is lightning-quick and intense. Their relationship works perfectly in a mystery that is all about asking, ““who are you really?” For those looking for a romance, there’s plenty to go around, but this novel is definitely a thriller. The senator’s death and his enigmatic Kennedy-esque family are the stuff of edgy soap operas. This novel is The O.C. does D.C., and you just can’t get enough.
D.C. detective Sam Holland is recovering from a case gone wrong when she gets the chance salvage her reputation with the high profile case of the murder and mutilation of Senator John O’Connor. To complicate things more, the senator’s chief of staff is Nick Cappuano, a man Sam shared a night of passion with years ago and never heard from again. As Sam enlists Nick’s help, the sparks fly, but getting involved with a witness is definitely against metro police protocol. As Sam struggles to track down a killer, she can’t deny that she’s falling for Nick. But will her newfound romance blind her to the fact that she’s in very real danger? (Carina Press, Jun, dl. $4.99)
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