Garbrielle Kincaid is arrogant, hard-assed and flip. At least that's the image she presents to the world. She's not a typical Vicki Hines' heroine, but as Vicki peels away her layers to reveal her true vulnerabilities, to partner agent Max Grayson and to the reader, she becomes a multi-faceted character. While rich in contradictions, she is totally dedicated to her role as a secret agent who works for an elite covert unit known only to the president. It's called the Special Detail Unit, and the SDU is so clandestine that it's not even on other intelligence agencies' radar. Kincaid prefers to work alone because she doesn't want to endanger other operatives if she makes a mistake or fails to achieve her mission. Why is this her major concern? In this intelligence group, instead of agents electing to swallow a cyanide tablet to prevent their giving away vital information about their mission and other operatives when they are captured, SDU assigns another agent to eliminate their own to make sure no one finds out about the unit's existence. So, when Kincaid blows her cover while investigating terrorists who have already planted a lethal virus at strategic points around the United States, the president, who is also Kincaid's best friend, orders Grayson to terminate her. But, first he has to debrief Kincaid and find out everything she's learned about the terrorists, who, if they are successful, will cause millions to die around the world as the virus spreads. This sets the stage for a sizzling-paced thriller and suspenseful romance, but the clock zips up another notch when Kincaid falls victim to the virus and can't remember what she knows. Can Grayson save her? Enter the "Ladies of Carnel Cove," a team of SDU undercover operatives masquerading as local society ladies. This story could have dissolved into a romp, but Vicki keeps tight control of the plot while establishing a string of characters for future thrillers based on SDU missions.
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