It was a call no officer wants to get. Air Force Lt. Colonel Brenna Duggan is told that one of her men has been found dead in a Panama bar. According to reports, Sergeant Andrew Lang died from auto-erotic self-strangulation.

The deceased left behind a pregnant wife named Janeen. Brenna is forced to sign the documents that confirm that the death did not occur in the line of duty, thereby depriving Janeen benefits. Janeen refuses to accept the official cause of death and requests Brenna dig deeper.

When Brenna does some checking, she indeed finds that facts don't add up. What is U.S. Customs Officer Dave Sanderson's role in the drama? He insists nothing, but Brenna is unsure. Dave is ex-military with a rogue attitude that drives Brenna crazy. Their physical attraction threatens to turn into a conflagration that could consume them. When someone pushes Janeen down the stairs in an effort to silence her, Brenna risks her life and her career to get to the bottom of the matter.

Merline Lovelace is poised to create a unique and powerful storytelling niche for herself with her first single-title suspense, LINE OF DUTY. (Nov., 416 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith