Evan Delaney, novelist and legal go-fer, is dressed as Diana Ross in order to crash a fancy-dress party and serve a summons, when she hears that Franklin Brand is back in town. Brand is the hit-and-run driver who sentenced Evan's lover Jesse to life in a wheelchair, and killed his best friend. Since the accident, Brand has been avoiding justice overseas; but if he's back, Evan and Jesse are determined to get him, helped by the dead boy's brother Adam.
Brand had been a high-flier in Mako Technologies, a cyber-security firm, and this is where Evan starts looking. She quickly uncovers evidence that Brand was embezzling funds, and that Adam's brother knew all about it. So maybe that hit-and-run wasn't an accident at all?Then the policeman investigating is killed, and Adam and Jesse both come under suspicion. The plot has more twists, thrills and spills than a white-knuckle ride, and is complicated by the confused emotions of the main parties involved: Jesse feels a survivor's guilt; Adam resents the fact that Jesse is alive while his brother died. But there are more corpses - including a near miss for Evan herself - to come before the bad guys are finally brought to book.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 16/02/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340822524
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Review by jtho
I picked this one up on Stephen King's recommendation (and I couldn't find China Beach!). First, you can read this book without reading the first Evan Delaney adventure. I don't usually read mysteries, and this book did contain some of the cliche conversation and style, but the suspense was amazing. Every time I thought I would put the book down at the end of a chapter, the cliff-hanger made me turn the page and keep reading. The villains were clever, the good guys even more so, the romance not intrusive, and the twists believable and well-timed. Overall, a very good book!