Simon and Schuster
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Featuring: Duncan Hatcher; Elise Laird
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Romance Suspense | Suspense
When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the
home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to
investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and
kid-glove treatment are the keys to staying in the judge's
good graces and keeping his job.
At first glance, the case appears open-and-shut: Elise,
the judge's trophy wife, interrupted a burglary in
progress and killed the intruder in self-defense. But
Duncan is immediately suspicious of Elise's innocent act.
His gut feeling is that her account of the shooting is
only partially true -- and it's the parts she's leaving
out that bother him.
Determined to learn the dead man's connection to the
Lairds and get at the truth, Duncan investigates further
and quickly finds his career, as well as his integrity, in
jeopardy -- because he can't deny his increasing
attraction to Elise Laird, even if she is a married woman,
a proven liar, and a murder suspect.
When Elise seeks Duncan out privately and makes an
incredible allegation, he initially dismisses it as the
manipulative lie of a guilty woman. But what if she's
telling the truth? Then that single fatal gunshot at her
home takes on even more sinister significance, possibly
involving Duncan's nemesis, the brutal crime lord Robert
And then Elise goes missing . . .
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