Some secrets need to be told....
Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
Even if they lead to murder....
For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn't add up - especially after he meets the victim's daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of "accidents" have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together, they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder - and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father's secrets.
©2003 Linda Howard (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension." (Publishers Weekly)
I've always enjoyed this book and wanted to see how it would sound. There is so much emphasis in the descriptions on how the voice of the main male character sounds. I guess a woman just can't do a man's voice justice. It didn't really sound all that deep or slow or cajun to me. Other than the main character's voice, the narration was ok. I actually really liked the voice of the female main character. The story was a good one and the expression in the tense or steamy scenes was done well.
I didn't hate this story but it wasn't the best either. I just didn't see the romance develop and it all happened too fast. She meets him one day and has sex the next and a week later they are in love...it just didn't work for me. I like Linda Howard and the narrator was decent but the story needed more...something. Okay for a light listen.
Good thriller, interesting characters, good relationships, good plot and action.
Dexter was a Vietnam Vet who abandoned his wife and daughter after the war. He was murdered. His daughter Karen went to New Orleans to identify and bury him. She met detective Marc and a romance began. The killer started going after Karen. John Medina has a small part at the end of this book. He is the main character in the next book: "All The Queen's Men."
I loved the scene where Karen fights the killer in her apartment. She was smart and followed advice from her father the sniper.
I read the paperback a few years ago and recently listened to the audiobook. A few times during the audiobook I felt it a little slow in the middle, maybe too much time pondering their feelings and relationship. I wanted to get back to the main plot. But I didn’t notice slowness when I read the paperback. Still, I want to keep it at 5 stars.
Natalie Ross did an excellent job. (And I was pleased that her breath noises were edited out.)
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 305 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: moderate to strong. Number of sex scenes: about 5. Setting: current day mostly Columbus, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana. Copyright: 1998. Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.
This was my first Linda Howard read oh so long ago. When I saw it was available in audio, it was a must buy! I love this story and the narrator nailed all the characters' voices just as I imagined they would be. Especially Detective Chastain! I have listened to it back to back to back since I bought it!
This was truly a very well done audiobooks and the narrator did a fantastic job of getting the right amount of suspense and emotion in the telling. Loved the book and now the audiobook is just as fine! I highly recommend it!
Why any author would choose this narrator is beyond me . Why ruin the book. I could not finish the first chapter. I will be on the lookout for her from now on a avoid at all costs
The story was a little slow at first. I listen while I exercise etcetera but the narration brought the story to life. I finished reading it then had to listen to it again.
I have always enjoyed Natalie Ross as a narrator and I think she made this 'pretty good' romantic suspense story into an excellent romantic suspense story. This is one of Linda Howard's better suspense books in my opinion. Like so many of her stories, the main male character, Marc, is a super protective, smart, charming and sexy guy. Her main female character, Karen, is also smart but way out of her depth in the face of a world of government subterfuge, spies, and ambitious murderers. Together they face the challenges and dangers and end up with their own HEA.
The story was OK. You could tell it was written a while ago with references to pay phones and such.
I really couldn't get into the main male lead; her reading of his dialogue just felt off to me.
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