Vivian Watts' brother Victor has been accused of a murder
Vivian knows he didn't commit; she has only one week until
Victor goes to trial. She appeals to the local Texas Rangers to
look into the case one last time, and it doesn't take long for
Wade Hamilton to notice that something is definitely not right.
Wade asks his partner Slate Thompson to do the leg work because
Wade can't because he's being punished and must mind the
Slate believes in Vivian's case, and it's soon obvious that
someone wants Vivian out of the way permanently.
With RANGER DEFENDER, Angi Morgan proves that she is one of the
giants of romantic suspense, emphasis on suspense because this
is one of the strongest thrillers I have recently read, with
the romance functioning as an organic part of the whole. While
believable is a key word when thinking about RANGER DEFENDER,
flawless is another: the plot is hermetically woven, very fast-
paced, and the story is exciting from the very first page until
the very last. The villain is as masterful a creation as they
come: Ms. Morgan has crafted a disturbing psychopath with
crippling OCD, and the author must have done a considerable
amount of research to come up with such a villain who didn't
induce one single eye-roll, but rather felt so real, it had me
wondering how many of those people might be hiding among us.
Riveting doesn't even come close to how I felt about RANGER
DEFENDER: I couldn't read quickly enough, yet I didn't
book to end. Both Vivian and Slate are fabulous characters:
they are normal, charming, rational, open-minded people, they
work superbly as a team, and are ideally matched; I loved them
both from the get-go. The secondary characters are also
superbly fleshed-out, and the dialogues are simply outstanding.
The romance angle is exploited to perfection by Ms. Morgan,
from the romantic interludes to the pacing; everything is just
right. The writing is eloquent, witty, and transparent; Angi
Morgan has no ego: she lets her characters tell their story,
and it is a wonderful thing to watch.
I have been a fan of Angi Morgan's for several years, and
RANGER DEFENDER is without a doubt the best book she has ever
written. RANGER DEFENDER is a must-read for fans of Robert
Ludlum and Len Deighton. I still cannot believe what a
fantastic book this is, try as I might, I wouldn't be able to
find a single thing wrong with it. Angi Morgan's RANGER
DEFENDER should be in the hands of everyone who enjoys
thrillers of any type, because this is one of the finest ever
Vivian Wattsâ€™s mission to prove her brotherâ€™s innocence has
left her destitute and desperate. So when Texas Ranger Slate
Thompson arrives with his knock-me-out blue eyes and belief
in her case, she dares to hope againâ€¦until her apartment is
burned to the ground. Slate offers refuge at his ranch, but
when evidence suggests police corruption is at play, can he
face down his own to protect her?