From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards. A skilled compositor for the FBI, Kendra Smith has a way with witnesses, helping them to remember crucial details about their attackers they might otherwise have forgotten. She believes her work helps to provide closure for the victims and their families-closure that has eluded her for the eleven years since her brother was kidnapped, his body never found. Determined to put her painful past behind her, Kendra throws herself into every case one hundred percent. Now she is called in to sketch the face of a man the press is calling the Soccer Mom Killer. It's a difficult investigation made even harder by the presence of Special Agent Adam Stark, a man with whom she once had a brief, passionate affair. As the number of victims continues to rise, and with a killer always one step ahead, Kendra will learn a lethal lesson: You can run from the past, but you can't hide. . . .
Sketch artist Kendra Smith, the heroine of Mariah Stewart's (The President's Daughter, etc.) Until Dark, has experienced more than her share of sorrow: her father died of cancer, her brother and cousin are presumed murdered and her mother recently committed suicide. Still, she agrees to lend her skills when her ex-boyfriend, Special Agent Adam Stark, asks for her aid in searching for the Soccer Mom Killer, who targets blonde single mothers. The sexual chemistry between Adam and Kendra simmers on the back burner as they work the case, which may disappoint those looking for more sparks. But when Ian's watch shows up near one of the murder scenes and victims turn up bearing crosses and butterfly clips identical to the ones Kendra wears, tension of another sort heats up. Savvy readers may immediately suspect who the killer is, but this thriller packs a few extra punches for those who are overconfident in their powers of deduction. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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December 01, 2001
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Excerpt from Until Dark by Mariah Stewart
The old man took two steps back, then two more, until he was close to the middle of the one-lane dirt road. There he stood, hands on his hips and a scowl on his face, watching the painters tuck the last of their scaffolding into the rusty bed of an old pickup truck of indeterminable color. The only vehicle in a twenty-mile radius that might have been older than the painters ' was his own.
' So, what do you think ' The young woman stood on the bottom step of the front porch, the smile on her face a sure sign that she had a pretty good idea of what her elderly neighbor was thinking.
' Your grandfather be spinning in his grave, right at this very minute, that ' s what I think. ' He wagged a gnarled finger at her. ' Old Jonathan be spinning out of control right down there where we laid him. Surely he is. '
' Now, Mr. Webb ' ' Kendra Smith bit back a grin and forced her most earnest expression ' ' what is it that you think my grandfather might object to '
' Well, since you ask, let ' s start right there with that purple door. ' The cigar that Oliver Webb held jabbed at the air in the general direction of the house that was the object under discussion.
' It ' s called aubergine. It means eggplant. ' She came down off the step to stand next to him.
' Fancy word for purple. ' He all but spit out the word. ' What in the name of the Jersey Devil were you thinking Painting the house green and the door purple! '
' I was thinking that the house has spent all of its two-hundred-plus years painted white. ' She tucked an arm through his. ' I was thinking it was time for a change. '