by Linda Howard

January 1998
ISBN: 0-671-56883-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Karen Whitlaw is still trying to come to terms with the fact that her mother died. Not really having known her father, Karen feels totally alone in the world. Needless to say, she`s somewhat stunned when a package from her father arrives with a notebook in it. Not wanting to deal with the emotions and thinking of the father she hasn`t seen since she was little, she packs the notebook - and thoughts of her father - away. But then she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been found murdered in New Orleans.

New Orleans Police Department homicide detective Marc Chastain considers the murder as an open and shut case of street violence. Karen agrees with him. That is, until the house that she used to live in is burned down, her current home is broken into and all kinds of "accidents" threaten her.

After some deep thought, Karen retrieves the notebook that her father had sent her and found something about the man that surprised her. Her father had been a sniper during Vietnam and the notebook is the journal of each of his missions.

On the run for her life, Marc and Karen unravel a shocking past of secrets and Karen finds out more about herself and her father than she thought. And find a white hot passion that she never thought possible.

Kill and Tell is an amazing story of erotic suspense and intrigue. At first, I was put off by Karen`s loneliness, but I found that it was a key to the love story between she and Marc. The side characters, those thought to be behind her father`s killing turn out to be more than I thought, and reveal wonderful characters that are unforgettable.

This is a must read for anyone who enjoys government intrigue, or someone who just likes a good mystery in the Big Easy!

Reviewed in September 2002 by Lucy.

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