Books: Five thrillers from women authors, including Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb --
By Kathleen Daley --
January 16, 2010 --
G.P .Putnam’s Sons, 369 pp., $24.95
The heroine of this romantic thriller set in Washington, D.C., is a young lawyer at one of those high-powered firms that fix stuff for the rich and powerful. Her name is Jessica Ford and her job one particular evening is to get the first lady removed from the bar where she is hanging out.
The White House and the media want to talk to Jessica after she survives a crash that kills the president’s wife. Mark Ryan, a member of the first lady’s Secret Service detail, pursues Jessica. She does not trust him initially, but when they finally suspect foul play, they lead a merry chase from Jessica’s hospital room to her boss’ executive suite to Mark’s house — then across the District on the metro, in cabs and on foot. (The reader is relieved when she finally ditches the high heels.)
Despite the repetitive descriptions of Jessica’s angst and eventual infatuation, it’s a nice little mystery fashioned around a bright, tough young woman.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Review of Pursuit by Karen Robards
From New Jersey Star-Ledger --