Vengeance, money and murder are menacing companions when they meet in the quiet stillness of an Adirondack winter.
Texas Ranger Jack Galway knows his wife Susanna loves him, so when their marriage hits a rough patch, he supports her decision to take their teenaged daughters to Boston for a break. But now a couple of weeks has turned into several months and Jack has had enough. He wants his family back.
Ex-convict Alice Parker left a mess back in Texas, and she'll never forgive Jack Galway for killing her dream of ever becoming a Texas Ranger herself. Now, guided by greed and vengeance, she's got her sights set on his family.
Packing up the girls and her grandmother, Susanna heads to a cabin in the Adirondacks, trying to escape her fears, her secrets . . . and maybe even the man she loves. Little does she realize they are being followed, only this time by her husband . . . and a murderer.
This award-winning, bestselling author wrote her first book at the age of 23. Since then, Carla Neggers has become well-known for her unique blend of fast-paced suspense and romance.
This magna cum laude graduate of Boston University has established herself as a respected member of the literary community. In addition to writing more than 40 novels, Carla has written articles for newspapers in New England and New York State, and she has contributed features to New Woman magazine. She is a past president of Novelists, Inc., the only writers' organization devoted exclusively to multipublished authors of popular fiction.
Carla enjoys participating in an archaeological dig at an eighteenth-century home that's being preserved by the state of Vermont. She's also involved with the redesign of the Quechee Gorge historic area, one of Vermont's most popular tourist destinations.
Although Texas real estate developer Beau McGarrity is suspected of shooting his wife, he isn't charged because policewoman Alice Parker has compromised the investigation by tampering with the evidence. Nevertheless, he stalks and threatens financial planner Susanna Galway, wife of the Texas Ranger who turned Alice in. Stuck in a marital stalemate, Susanna doesn't tell her headstrong husband, Jack, that Beau has visited her. She also neglects to mention that she has recently made a fortune in the stock market. Instead, she flees north to her feisty grandmother's, then heads with her grandmother and twin daughters for a secluded Adirondack cabin. When both Beau and Alice pursue her there, the women are pulled even deeper into a web of violence and intrigue. Inevitably, Jack and a fellow Ranger arrive on the scene to save the day. The plot is confusing at times, and Susanna's financial secrecy will make it difficult for readers to sympathize with her. Indeed, what kind of middle-class woman could make $10 million in this market, much less fail to mention it to hubby? Still, Neggers's (The Carriage House) characteristically brisk pacing and colorful characterizations sweep the reader toward a dramatic and ultimately satisfying denouement.
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May 31, 2005
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