Manhattan attorney Claire Green is hanuted by the brutal murder of her twin sister Zoe in a dangerous revenge scheme that soon implicates Claire. Claire's only hope of clearing her name is to bring her sister's murderer to justice on her own ..before a second killer strikes. But someone else is dogging Claire's trail, relentless FBI agent Liam Jameson, who has tracked her to new orleans. With her own life threatened, Claire reluctantly joins forces with the enigmatic Jameson. Distrust quickly flames into desire. As Mardi Gras builds to fever pitch, they are inexorable drawn into a shadowly world where impeccable traditon cloaks deadlysecrets and where no one, not claire nor even Jameson, is safe from the shocking truth
In the manner of Nora Roberts, McKinney (The Ground She Walks Upon) makes a successful transition from romance to mystery/suspense. New York attorney Claire Green is in big trouble. The victim support group (ZOE) she started after her twin sister's murder has turned vigilante and now plans to eliminate her sister's killer. When reasoning with the group doesn't work, a desperate Claire tries to scare off their assassin, only to come face-to-face with FBI Special Agent Liam Jameson, who has traced ZOE to Claire. In Mardi Gras-crazed New Orleans, where Claire has gone to find the killer, Liam and Claire-hunter and prey-battle one another and a growing mutual attraction. At last joining forces, the lovers try to catch a psychopath before he can kill again, and before the second assassin can destroy their newfound evidence. Well-paced, with strong characters, this novel works as both thriller and romance, though the publisher is aiming it primarily at the romance market.
I loves this book. It was her first that I read and only because I have a second one is this copy available.
Five years ago Wall Street attorney Claire Green's twin sister Zoe was murdered in New Orleans, in a crime that had all the hallmarks of a serial killing but was never tied to any other murders. Zoe's killer is still free. Claire is haunted by the death of her sister. She works herself to the bone and avoids her parents, who see her dead twin whenever they look at her. Before her sister's murder, Claire had a normal love life, but now she finds it difficult to trust men.
To cope with the pain of losing her twin, Claire started a victim's support group named after her dead twin. Now the group's other members have pooled together their resoruces ande started a "lottery" in which they can "win" the opportunity to have those who victimized them killed. By the time Claire learns of this conspiracy, it is too late to stop it, and the latest lottery winner is Claire, whose dead sister the group plans to avenge.
FBI agent Liam Jameson, investigating this plot, follows Claire to New Orleans. Like Claire, Liam is driven by the murder of someone he cared about long ago, and despite the fact that they are at odds, the two work together to catch the man who murdered Claire's sister, and a powerful attraction flares between them.