by Lynn Erickson

November 2003
ISBN: 0-425-19325-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Jane Russo is a free lance police artist. She has made a reputation for herself of being able to get a suspectís face from a witness when others have failed. However the latest case Jane has worked has been a little too close to her own reality and her talent is locked in a place she canít reach. Sheís reluctant to admit it, but she might not ever be able to draw faces again.

Ray Vanover is a FBI agent assigned to working the latest in a string of child abductions. The disappearance of Kristin Lemke has Ray forced crossed paths with Jane. He is with Special Agent Deutsch who has been asked to get Jane to agree to get the sketch of the man who abducted Kristin.

With much reluctance Jane agrees to attempt the sketch. Jane and Ray are now very unwilling partners. They will work together, talk together, eat meals together but barely have respect for one another. Due to the amount of time they spend together they begin to learn about each otherís past. The emotional barriers begin to disintegrate, and a new relationship is being formed. Will love be a part of that relationship?

Without A Trace is considered romantic suspense, I however found it low on romance, and higher on suspense. As I reached the conclusion of the book I found myself unwilling to put it down. I was quite pleased that the suspense peaked nicely, and the climax was not rushed. This was my second read by Lynn Erickson, and Iím sure I will continue to read and enjoy other titles by this author.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Sandi.

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