Asked by her commander to go deep undercover in a white supremacist cult, Unit One operative Melody Beecham is reluctant when it becomes apparent she's expected to do whatever it takes to gather the required intelligenceeven seduce the leader of the organization.
Her lover and fellow operative, Nick Anwar, knows just which button to push, however. He even offers to supply the identity of Melody's father if she cooperates. She agrees, but their relationship is destroyedwhich makes the situation even more difficult for Melody once she's established within The Soldiers of Jordan. Nick is her sole contact with the outside world, and she must rely on him to keep her alive if her identity is discovered.
A ripped-from-the-headlines plot marks Cresswell's follow-up to Decoy. The villain is too creepy for words, and revisiting Nick and Melody is exceedingly enjoyable. (Nov., 400 pp., $6.50)