On Sale: January 1, 2006
Featuring: Melanie Vargas; Dan O'Reilly
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Mystery Woman Sleuth | Young Adult Suspense
A late-night call from her boss summons federal prosecutor
Melanie Vargas to a posh penthouse high above Park Avenue,
where Whitney Seward and Brianna Meyers, students at an
exclusive Manhattan private school, lie dead under
suspicious circumstances. The deaths show all the telltale
signs of being heroin overdoses, and Whitney's influential
stepfather James, a wealthy U.S. Senate candidate, demands
that the feds track down the drug supplier fast and make an
example of whoever it is. Melanie is given the order to do
just that, but she quickly comes to believe that the girls'
deaths aren't at all what they seem.
The crime scene appears
oddly staged, and Carmen Reyes, a studious classmate who was
with the two dead girls earlier that night, has disappeared
and may have been kidnapped. Suspects soon range from James
Seward himself, to a charismatic and corrupt nightclub owner
one of the girls knew, to the devious and scheming
headmistress of the fancy girls' school itself.
Sexy FBI Agent Dan O'Reilly, who set Melanie's pulse to
racing in Most Wanted, is assigned to work the case
alongside her. Dan is a third-generation cop with flawless
instincts, and he immediately sees the case Melanie's way.
But things aren't quite as smooth between them outside of
work. Melanie -- on the verge of divorce from cheating
husband Steve and struggling to raise baby daughter Maya
alone -- has never recovered from her intense,
almost-love-affair with Dan. She continues to struggle with
a powerful attraction to him, and it eventually boils over.
Meanwhile, the case hurtles forward with breathtaking speed.
Breaking all the rules, Melanie goes undercover on a hunt
that takes her into the deepest recesses of New York City's
lurid nightlife, then to the beaches and rain forests of
Puerto Rico where she confronts not only grave danger but
bitter truths from her own past. As The Finishing School
races toward its stunning conclusion, Melanie finds herself
in a struggle for her life with a clever and devious killer
who has no intention of getting caught.
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