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by Karen Robards

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

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Grace Hart is very good at her job as a Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge, but all her knowledge and experience doesn't help her handle her own rebellious 15-year-old daughter Jessica. Recently diagnosed with diabetes, Jessica is not coping well with the restrictions placed on her by the disease. She just wants to be normal and do all the cool things her new friends do, like drink and smoke.

Grace discovers Jessie has been slipping out at night to party with her friends. One night, after finding Jessie's room empty, Grace races outside just in time to see a person running away. Grace soon realizes that the figure is male and not Jessie at all. When she finds one of Jessie's stuffed animals in the yard, terror strikes her heart. Someone has been inside their house.

Later that night, two undercover narcotics cops bring a very sick Jessie home. Realizing that Jessie has been drinking and is near insulin shock, Grace and Detective Tony Marino race the ill girl to the hospital.

Tony wants Jessica to assist their current investigation. Fearing reprisal, Grace refuses. None of the police take Grace's claim of someone in her house too seriously until Jessica's hamster is killed. Is someone stalking Jessica, or is Grace the true target? The answer may lie deep in a past Grace thought long buried.

Karen Robards takes a dark turn in this terrifying tale of obsessions and vengeance. THE MIDNIGHT HOUR delivers both chills and thrills. (Nov.,448 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Dell

Published: November 1999

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