weaves a tale romantic suspense as darkly sensual and dangerous as its Southern setting, where a beautiful doctor and a prodigal son investigate the murder of a woman whose identity is as mysterious as her death...
On Sale: September 4, 2006
Featuring: Marc Girard; Reb O'Brien
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In bestseller after bestseller, Stella Cameron has thrilled
critics and fans alike with her fast-paced, spellbinding
novels of romantic suspense. Now, the New York Times
bestselling author weaves a tale as darkly sensual and
dangerous as its Southern setting, where a beautiful doctor
and a prodigal son investigate the murder of a woman whose
identity is as mysterious as her death…
Toussaint, Louisiana, is a sleepy bayou town where live
oaks stretch over roadways, men raise crawfish the way
their granddaddies did, and Spanish moss hangs in ribbons
above the swamps and dirt roads, keeping everything shaded
from the hot July sun. It’s a place where people are used
to feeling safe—until the body of singer Bonnie Blue is
found at the base of St. Cecil’s belfry stairs, her eyes
searching, her neck broken.
Local medical examiner Reb O’Brien has lived in Toussaint
all her life, but she doesn’t believe the gossip—that
Bonnie’s death was an accident, an unfortunate fall in the
dark. She remembers all too clearly the rape/murders of two
other women a year earlier. The killer was caught and
placed behind bars. But now, what happened to Bonnie raises
chilling questions about a case thought long closed.
Marc Girard doesn’t believe in accidents. What he does
believe is that the dead woman may be his missing sister,
Amy, a lost soul with a history of drug and man problems.
Though he’d vowed to stay away from Toussaint, where his
wealthy, aloof family had been disliked by the ordinary
townsfolk, Marc is coming home to search for the truth—even
if it means joining forces with Reb O’Brien, a woman he
left behind with his past. But the Reb he remembers—an
annoyingly brainy, precocious seventeen-year-old who
followed him like a puppy—has matured into a fascinating
and beautiful woman who doesn’t get pushed around by
anyone. Not anymore.
Though they may not like each other, Marc and Reb will have
to work together to solve riddles with no answers: Who
could Bonnie have been meeting at St. Cecil’s in the dead
of night? What does she have to do with the disappearance
of Marc Girard’s sister? And if the wrong man is sitting in
prison, could the real killer still be slipping through the
bars and cane fields, front porches and back roads of a
town they once thought safe? It’s a tangle of secrets as
dark and deep as the muddy waters of the Atchafalaya, where
friendly faces and Big Easy manners hide deep-rooted
jealousies and cold-hearted hate. With only each other to
trust, Marc and Reb’s mutual wariness gives way to newfound
closeness that marks them for gossip in a town ready to
explode, and leads them to a blinding passion that may make
them vulnerable to the greatest betrayal of all…
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