"everyone is under suspicion in this cold case mystery"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 6, 2011
What a way to introduce us to three great looking alpha
male brothers...a story that teems with suspense,
betrayal, greed mixed with just the right amount of passion
and love. Nothing hotter than a cold case with a lovely
damsel in distress and a hunky cop to keep you turning
pages in this latest Dailey book.
Cold cases are the bane of police departments because they
focus on failure. No matter how diligent the investigation,
if the file winds up in storage without closure it means
someone got away with the crime. Child kidnapping destroys
families and if the case is never solved than the parents
inevitably spend their lives hoping and looking for their
Twenty five years is a long time to keep hope alive
and the files of Ann Montgomery's kidnapping are being
archived which means no one will ever look into it again.
There is the matter of a trust fund that her father has
kept as a reward but at this point even Hugh Montgomery is
waffling on whether or not to close it and finally admit
defeat. Life has not been kind to Hugh. His finances are
going south and has unwittingly left him vulnerable to
blackmail. The trust fund money would help but then he
would have to finally accept the loss of his daughter.
RJ Bannon has stumbled onto this case and is immediately
intrigued with information that was overlooked. Since he
is on official leave after sustaining an injury he finds
himself hanging around the precinct and digging into the
vast amount of paperwork that unfortunately led police
nowhere. In the ten years they had somewhat actively
searched, no one had found any trace of Ann and there was
absolutely no evidence or motive considering that no ransom
had been demanded. RJ feels strongly that they should give
it one more try and, with the reward running out in one
year, he decides to remind the public about this missing child.
Little did he realize that he was about to open a can worms
ripe with peril.
A chance meeting with Erin Randall has RJ
dividing his time between building a relationship with this
lovely artist and his quest to solve Ann's case. The more
time he spends with Erin the more he senses a rather
strange connection between the two. There are no physical
similarities and yet it seems like Erin's life story is
filled with empty spaces. RJ just can't ignore his cop
instincts and decides to delve deeper into his search. What
he never expected was the peril his investigation would put
Erin in. He finds himself torn between keeping Erin safe
and finding the truth. But as things start spiraling out of
control there is only one certainty. Someone has targeted
Erin and the list of suspects includes some well respected
townspeople. RJ knows he unwittingly put Erin in danger but
they are going to have to go through him first.
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Cold cases aren't RJ Bannon's usual line of work. But Ann
Montgomery's long-ago abduction is too intriguing to pass
up. Especially with a two-million-dollar reward for Ann's
safe return about to expire.
Ann was just three when she was taken in the night from her
family's historic Virginia mansion more than twenty-five
years ago. The Montgomerys, socially prominent descendants
of horse-and-hounds Tidewater aristocracy, launched a
heartbreaking search, but no trace of the missing girl was
ever found. Bannon knows the chances of finding her
nowâ€”alive or deadâ€”are slim, yet he can't stop searching for
answers. Especially once he meets Erin Randall. A beautiful,
talented local artist, she seems to share some tantalizing
connections with the vanished Ann. The deeper Bannon's
investigation goes, the more convinced he is that Erin's
tied to the case. But his quest for the truth will put her
in mortal danger.
Hugh Montgomery never stopped wondering what happened to his
little girl. Now, as a legacy of lies and deception comes to
a shocking climax, a hidden menace explodes. Who will live
and who will die? On his own, Bannon vows to protect Erin at
all costs. . .and puts his own life on the line. . .
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