NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SANDRA BROWN IS BACK WITH A
SPINE-TINGLING STORY OF MURDER AND BETRAYAL -- AND A HOMICIDE
DETECTIVE'S STRUGGLE WITH HIS OWN RULES OF CONDUCT.
Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in
the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that
discretion and kid-glove treatment are the keys to staying in the
judge's good graces and keeping his job.
At first glance, the
case appears open-and-shut: Elise, the judge's trophy wife, interrupted a
burglary in progress and killed the intruder in self-defense. But
Duncan is immediately suspicious of Elise's innocent act. His gut
feeling is that her account of the shooting is only partially true --
and it's the parts she's leaving out that bother him.
to learn the dead man's connection to the Lairds and get at the truth,
Duncan investigates further and quickly finds his career, as well as his
integrity, in jeopardy -- because he can't deny his increasing
attraction to Elise Laird, even if she is a married woman, a proven
liar, and a murder suspect.
When Elise seeks Duncan out privately
and makes an incredible allegation, he initially dismisses it as the
manipulative lie of a guilty woman. But what if she's telling the truth?
Then that single fatal gunshot at her home takes on even more sinister
significance, possibly involving Duncan's nemesis, the brutal crime lord
And then Elise goes missing . . .
plot twists -- as only Sandra Brown can write them -- and palpable
suspense combine to create this grippingthriller, in which a decent
cop's worst enemy may be his own conscience, and trusting the wrong
person could mean the difference between life and death.