After years of hard work and a failed marriage, attorney Luke Creed is about to make partner in one of Houston's top law firms—if he nails his next case.

Luke has just been assigned to defend Hyland Pharmaceuticals in a wrongful-death lawsuit resulting from the use of its FDA-approved new Type I Diabetes drug, D-Free.

Luke is shocked to discover that his high school love, Amy Nash, is the opposing counsel. Despite not having seen each other in a decade, sparks between them still burn hot. Having just stepped in following the sudden death of the previous counsel, Luke has not had time to fully examine all the facts. He has a special interest in the reliability of this drug, as his 10-year-old daughter, Brynne, is a diabetic who recently started taking D-Free.

As Luke begins his research, his concern grows; some facts don't seem to add up. Is his client lying? Luke suddenly starts to wonder about his predecessor's troublesome accident.

Adding a new chapter to her much-loved Creed and Blackthorne series, author Joan Johnston delves into the complex world of pharmaceutical approvals. With a story that could have been ripped out of the headlines, Johnston expertly blends facts, romance and suspense with poignancy. (Mar., 352 pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith