by Suzanne Brockmann

February 2009
ISBN: 978-0345501554
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This fourteenth Troubleshooter book feels more like some of the earlier books in the series with so many of the characters working together again. Just be prepared for the first chapter to be confusing, and then it gets easier from there. Then again, maybe Iím just too easily confused.

The storyline seems to pick up right from where Into the Fire left off, but we soon learn thatís not the case. Dave Malkoff and Sophia Ghaffari became lovers on the night they are told Jimmy Nash was killed. Dave has loved Sophia almost as long as heís known her but never expected more than to be her best friend. Sophia wants a man who is safe to love, someone she doesnít have to worry about dying on her. Then all hell breaks loose when Dave is stabbed and a past case comes back to haunt him.

While this is happening, Jules, Sam and Alyssa are getting the very alive Jimmy Nash set up in a safe house. It seems the agency doesnít believe Nash is dead and is using the other Troubleshooters in order to get information. When Tracy Shapiro, the office receptionist, figures out Nash is still alive, Decker decides sheís coming with him to the safe house for her own safety. But along the way, more than one attempt is made on their lives. Suddenly everyone finds themselves in danger from unseen forces as they all try to make it to safety.

Once the action starts it seems like a non-stop amusement park ride, with lots of chills and laughter. Brockmann blends passion and suspense, friendship and loyalty with a writing style unique to these characters. Those not familiar with the previous books in this series will be at a serious disadvantage as the storyline and the character's relationships have grown and continued with each successive book.

Reviewed in January 2009 by Jackie.

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