When soap star Kelly Trent is involved in an on-set accident, the powers that be put her bitchy character in a coma—and Kelly on hiatus. At her agent's suggestion, Kelly agrees to appear in a video with a hot new band. Ex-cop turned dance instructor Doug O'Casey is hired to teach Kelly to tango—and keep an eye on her.

Having Doug around is difficult for Kelly, though she's unaware of his past. Once she finds out the truth, she's upset, but he's undeniably handy to have nearby when more mishaps occur. Could what's happening to Kelly be connected to the deaths of several prominent advice therapists? Not even the police can say, but one thing is certain: someone wants Kelly dead—soon.

As with most of Graham's books, it's the curlicues in plot and character that make this one so tough to put down. The suspects are downright creepy, and what's not to like about a bodyguard who can tango? (Mar., 352 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer