Talented, flamboyant shoe designer Lili Kavanaugh is finishing up her luncheon speech in the ballroom of a Chicago Hotel when a man attempts to kidnap her. Concerned that the kidnapper will try again, Lili is persuaded to hire a bodyguard, security specialist Matt Hawkins. Matt and his team immediately take precautions that prove necessary when it becomes clear that Lilis stalker is not about to stop.
Having no enemies, Lili starts to wonder if the true target is not a pair of 68-year-old shoes that she used as props during her speech. The shoes in question were at the center of an infamous 1933 mob shoot-out where gangster Joey Mancuso and his girlfriend Rose were gunned down. What is so special about these shoes that someone would be willing to commit violence in order to possess them?
Money, mobsters and shoes are a unique array of elements that produce one terrific thriller. Definitely Ms. Jerotts most exhilarating, gripping and just plain entertaining book to date. (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)