by Dinah McCall

October 1997
ISBN: 0-06-108445-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Harper Books
Mass Market Paperback

Elijah Moon, his sons and his beautiful daughter, Gracie, and their families dwell on a mountain in Kentucky, adhering closely to the teachings of the Bible. But more is going on than either the leader, Elijah Moon, or Gracie ever thought possible. A man has been murdered on their mountain, and they had thought he merely disappeared.

That man was John Baretta, and he dies after being found by the highway with a gun shot in his back. He dies later with his twin, Jake Baretta by his side. Jake is now determined to bring his brother's killer to justice and the only way to do that is to take over John's ATF assignment and go deep undercover to try to find the killer.

But something happens that Jake isn't prepared for. The beauty of Gracie Moon awes him as nothing else ever has, and pulls him in like a moth to a flame. And he finds himself doing what all agents are taught not to do: fall in love with the enemy.

I've always enjoyed Dinah McCall's work, both under this pseudonym and her real name, Sharon Sala, and this one really surprised me. I enjoyed the story, but couldn't connect with the characters, even toward the end of the book when Jake and Gracie's relationship really blooms after they leave the mountain in Kentucky and go to his home in Wyoming where his parents live.

This is a good story, but the characters leave something to be desired. Yes, I enjoyed it fine, but if asked for a recommendation for something read written by Dinah McCall, this would probably be the last one I'd recommend.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Lucy.

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