For seven centuries, the people of Keinadraig Island have kept to themselves, adhering strictly to a secret lifestyle known as the Way of the Dragon. These edicts, set down after the Black Plague struck the island, have kept the Dragoners isolated from the modern world. Only the Keeper does regular business with outsiders.

Dragoner Keely Cochran defies local custom when she helps her good friend Genny Sloan, who is supposed to follow in her mothers footsteps and become the next Healer, escape the island and head to London instead. Soon after she leaves, Genny is formally banished from the island. It is said that all those who leave the island will soon find death.

When American ex-cop and P.I. Jack Knights friend Brad Holstedt is found in his London hotel room critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head and with the murdered Genny, the police suspect Brad killed her and then shot himself. Determined to uncover the truth, Jack follows the trail to Keinadraig Island, where Keely joins his search for the real killer. Keelys defiance may cost her dear, for if the legend is true, she too may feel the wrath of the Dragon.

Dangerous secrets and ancient rituals make a spellbinding backdrop for this new tale of romantic suspense by the awesome Jill Jones. THE ISLAND makes for top-notch reading fun! (Aug., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith