Hallie Fitzgerald is dealing with a crisis. The local museum she runs was burglarized, and several priceless and irreplaceable items are being held for ransom. Following instru-ctions, she heads to a pay phone but finds a rather large and extremely handsome stranger using it. Things quickly go from bad to worse when she discovers the stranger is the new chief of police, and he takes an interest in her case. Marc Walcott is puzzled by Hallie's strange behavior, but even more so by his own attraction to her. Diane Pershing tells a delightfully entertaining story in RANSOM (4).