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"From the Hardcover edition.
Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-one novels, including Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer's Child, Silver Bells, Beach Girls, and Dance With Me. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Rice, customarily a writer of inspirational domestic fiction, offers a fast-paced departure into the romantic suspense genre. Widower defense attorney John O'Rourke has become a pariah in his Connecticut hometown for representing a serial killer. As he and his children eat breakfast one morning, a brick crashes through their kitchen window, injuring John. Into this chaos walks Kate Harris, whom he mistakes for a nanny candidate. Kate, actually a marine biologist hoping to speak with John about her missing sister, puts off her own mission and easily falls into the role into which the lawyer has cast her. John finds himself drawn to her, and the two work together toward a satisfying, if somewhat predictable, conclusion. Libraries with tight budgets can safely choose the well-done abridgment, with its outstanding dramatic reading from Linda Emond. All of Rice's rich characterizations and descriptions of the Connecticut shore are included in the unabridged production, capably read by Barrett Whitener. Either version would be a solid addition to public library collections.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
When Kate Harris shows up at his door right after someone throws a brick through his window, defense lawyer and single father John O'Rourke can't decide whether she brings help or more trouble. In fact, she brings both in Rice's latest family drama (after True Blue; Summer Light; etc.) set on the Connecticut shore. John's client Greg Merrill, "The Breakwater Killer," on death row for a series of brutal seaside murders, is responsible for both Kate's arrival and the brick: John's neighbors resent his efforts to save the confessed criminal's life, while Kate wants the lawyer's help in determining whether Merrill killed her sister, who disappeared much like the killer's other victims, but whose body has never been found. In her quest, Kate falls not just for John but also for his children, Maggie and Teddy, as they grieve for their mother, recently killed in a car accident. John grieves, too, so bothered by memories of his wife's adultery he does not see what his children see-that Kate is just what the O'Rourke family needs. Familiar Rice themes of sisterhood, loss and the healing power of love are spotlighted, but Rice's interest in the human psyche has its dark side as well, demonstrated by her creation of a rogue psychologist who subverts the ethics of his profession. Since Rice's fiction often serves as beach reading, it is appropriate that the shore scenes, including a cinematic climax in an old lighthouse, should be among the novel's strongest. Rice's heartfelt personal tone and the novel's cunningly deranged villain make this a smooth-flowing and fast-paced effort, with justice served all around at the satisfying if predictable conclusion. (Feb. 4) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Praise for the novels of Luanne Rice "Exciting, emotional, terrific--what more could you want?" --The New York Times Book Review "Rice's trademarks are fine writing, a good eye for small detail, and an uncanny way of conveying the mysterious glue that holds families together." --Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.