Tracy Tillis continues to grow and refine her wonderful talent with each new suspense thriller. FLASHPOINT is her most dramatic and emotional novel to date.

Eight years ago, Maggie Thomas chose between the man she loved, Police Officer Gil Stewart, and her father, Senator Paul Thomas. Maggie sided with her father and those who said that Gil was blinded by racial overtones in the Sidney Brooke case. Gil left Georgia and Maggie threw herself into starting her magazine New Horizons. After Gil left, Maggie began to question things that caused a rift with her father. All that is put aside when her father falls into a coma after a hit-and-run accident.

Eight years after he left, Gil returns to Atlanta, only to fall back into controversy. While Gil and his partner are investigating sleazy ex-con Charlie Denning's murder, they find evidence that Charlie had damaging information on Maggie's father. Did the revered African-American Senator order Charlie killed before his own accident? Denning was an out and out racist, but Gil's gut instinct tells him that the man truly knew something about Thomas.

When two old friends of Senator Thomas are murdered and Maggie starts receiving threats, Gil fears that Maggie will be next. For Maggie, this unending nightmare can only be over when the truth is revealed. Was her father involved in a decades-old murder? Can Maggie and Gil have a second chance?

(Feb., 304 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith