From Publishers Weekly
Gold rush-era San Francisco backdrops this rousing romantic suspense novel from the author of Mormon Wives. Tiny, red-haired Sophie, sailor, tough-gal and virgin, sails into San Francisco harbor in search of her sister, Annabelle. The city is a dirty and dangerous place; during Sophie's first foray off her ship, she is accosted by toughs but is saved by a gentlemanly?and gorgeous?pirate, Ruari McKay. Before long, Sophie links up with Annabelle, who turns out to be owner of a brothel and gaming parlor called the Painted Lady. Not unexpectedly, Annabelle sets her own eyes on Ruari, though the ensuing romantic conflict generally takes a backseat to violent intrigue involving a shipment of opium, Chinese tongs and white slavery. Characterization isn't Zavala's strong suit?the alleged psychic bond between the sisters doesn't wholly wash, for instance?but her local coloring is bright, her plotting is as engaging as it is bold and it's a pleasure to read of a heroine whose penchant for derring-do equals any man's, any time.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
After fighting pirates to free herself from white slavery, Sophie docks her ship at San Francisco, a town in the grip of the Gold Rush and full of dangerous men who plot to use her in a money-making scheme. By the author of Mormon Wives.