Jane Miller, the "Princess of Pop," has had it with her claustrophobic life. Her overbearing manager Boyd Monroe has made every decision, both musical and personal, for years. He even named her Jane (her given name is Harley). When Boyd denies Harley some vacation time before recording her new record, she finally rebels, borrowing money and a disguise from her assistant, then making a break for it on the streets of New York.

Angry and desperate, Boyd hires the Colangco International security firm to find his renegade princess. Even after two years, Duncan Lang still feels he has much to prove to his father and brother, the heads of Colangco. With both of them out of town, Duncan sees this case as a way to bring more high-profile clients to the firm.

Figuring it should be a snap to find the runaway princess, Duncan quickly revises his opinion as Harley leads him on a merry chase throughout the city and earns his respect. Having fun for the first time in her life, Harley is in no mood to return to her prison, no matter how attractive the bounty hunter is. After pleading for some more time, Harley and Duncan agree to a compromise: she will stay free while Duncan checks into the reasons why Boyd is desperate to get her back. Something is starting to smell fishy to both Harley and Duncan; is Boyd up to something illegal, immoral or dangerous?

Michelle Martin proves that her first contemporary hit was no fluke. She has a winning style and voice that is certain to take her far. (Dec., 288 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith