When his mother is injured in an accident, Navy SEAL Chief Cosmo Richter takes leave to be with her. But since she tends to drive him nuts, Cosmo also agrees to take a side job with Tom Paoletti's Troubleshooters, Inc.

Working on a biopic about a gay World War II hero, Hollywood writer and producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick is harassed by an extremist neo-Nazi group called Freedom Network. When the harassment turns to death threats, the Studio hires Troubleshooters.

The violent e-mails Jane receives match those sent to a recently murdered assistant district attorney. At first, taciturn Cosmo and extroverted Jane butt heads, but they soon realize that each uses a facade to protect their true selves.

The importance of both freedom and tolerance are the underlying messages in Brockmann's latest intense thriller. Popular gay character Jules gets his chance at a possible new love interest while also being forced to confront heartache from the past. Hot Target is an emotional banquet served with lots of taut adventure. (Jan., 352 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith