Brenda Joyce is the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling
author of 26 novels. She lives in Colorado with her son, three
dogs, cat, and three horses.
A wealthy San Francisco do-gooder finds herself enmeshed in a mystery dating back to WWII in this romantic suspense novel by New York Times bestseller Joyce (House of Dreams, etc.). Claire Hayden leads a privileged and pampered life rescuing stray animals and hosting charity events. But beneath the perfect facade, Claire's marriage is falling apart. In a last ditch effort to save their relationship, she throws her husband, David, a 40th birthday party. During the party, Claire meets Ian Marshall, one of her husband's associates, and senses some tension between the two. When the party is over, Claire goes in search of her husband and finds him outside, with his throat cut. The police quickly link David's death to another murder as both victims were killed with a thumb knife a weapon that hasn't been used since World War II. Claire tracks down the elusive Ian Marshall and after much prompting learns that David was blackmailing WWII spy Lionel Elgin and was planning to turn him over to Ian, a Holocaust research center investigator. Claire insists on joining Ian in his search for Elgin. The two travel to England to trace Elgin's roots and to speak with his remaining family. It soon becomes clear that Ian believes Claire's father, Jean-Lon Ducasse, or Jean-Lon's best friend, William Duke, to be Elgin. Claire refuses to believe his theory, but as she and Ian piece together Elgin's history and fall for one another in the process, Claire fears that she may have been raised by a killer. Joyce skillfully weaves together past and present to create an amazing story of intrigue, wartime passion and thrilling twists and turns. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Joyce skillfully weaves together past and present to create an
amazing story of intrigue, wartime passion, and thrilling twists
and turns."-"Publishers Weekly"
"Fast pacing and dual plot lines from the past and the present make this thriller a riveting read. Powerful and dynamic, this is a book not to be missed."-"Romantic Times"
"Non stop...filled with action, mysteries, romance, and an awesome ending!""-Huntress Reviews "
"Well-written...the plot has so many twists and turns and surprises you won't be able to put it down until the last page...a very enjoyable suspense novel."
--"Sullivan County Democrat"
"A riveting read. Powerful and dynamic...a book not to be missed."