Assistant D. Sydney Cooper watches in horror as her best friend, journalist Lilly Gilmore, is kidnapped. Her instincts tell her that Lilly's disappearance is connected to several stories she's working on—one involving a prominent political figure, the other a paramilitary group.

What Syd can't anticipate is the level of peril she's placing herself in by pursuing either angle, or the sudden appearance of Jake Sloan in her life, just when she needs someone to lean on. An oil driller by trade, Jake has some secrets, but Syd takes him into her confidence out of necessity—because she doesn't know who else to trust.

Heggan takes her readers to some very dark places, and her scenario is all too plausible in the modern world. A distinctly absorbing story. (Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer