The last eight months have been a living nightmare for Key West resident Sonnie Giacano. First her husband, former tennis golden boy Frank Giacano, is kidnapped, then a distraught Sonnie is involved in a car accident which takes the life of her unborn child.

As no word has been heard from Franks kidnappers, authorities assume he has been killed. Although financially secure, Sonnie takes a job working as a waitress at the Rusty Nail, owned by new friend Roy Talon. Sonnies memories of the accident are spotty, but she believes that there was more involved than she remembers. Roy suggests that Sonnie hire his brother, Chris Talon, a former police detective suffering from a bad case of burnout.

Chris wants nothing to do with the fragile and beautiful Sonnie, but when strange things start to happen at Sonnies home, he is dragged into the fray. Sonnies brother-in-law and sister are mouthing words of support, but both seem to have their own agendas. A fire and the discovery of a body in Sonnies house proves that a dangerous threat is still lurking in the shadows.

Stella Cameron does it again! Utilizing the unique characterizations and intricate plot lines she is known for, Ms. Cameron continues to live up to her reputation as one of the genres premier authors. (May, 400 pp., $6.99—Hardcover October 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith