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WICKED
by Beth Henderson

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: San Francisco, 1880

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What's truly wicked, and what's thought to be wicked, race along parallel tracks
throughout Beth Henderson's story of the Barbary Coast and the city that was
comfortable as long as crime stayed isolated in one area. The heroine, Lillith
Renfrew, represents real innocence crossing the unreal barrier. She's teaching
herself photography by taking pictures of, and giving a free
copy to, the hapless inhabitants of the Barbary Coast. Her good deeds draw her
into danger when she witnesses the murder of her latest model.

As Lilly runs for her life from the murder scene, she collides with Deegan
Galloway, (whom readers may recall as the mysterious sidekick from the author's
previous novel, Reckless). Deegan, alias Digger O'Rourke, immediately responds to
Lilly's need for rescue, but must, as they become better acquainted, resist her
because he's unworthy of such a good woman. Lilly, however, feels like the wicked one as she
falls in love with Deegan in her single-minded search for the murderer and for
the kind of justice the Barbary Coast can't usually allow.

A striking setting, believable and appealing characters, a fine mystery and a
love that overcomes hidden wickedness all
recommend this novel for a pleasurable read. SENSUAL (Feb., 280 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed By: Gerry Benninger

Publisher: Harlequin Historical

Published: February 2002

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