A tranquil New England town is rocked to its core when a young college co-ed is linked to a devastating crime and then goes missing. Innocent or guilty, someone thinks she knows too much. One woman, who believes in the girl's innocence, is determined to find her before she's silenced--forever.
On a cold winter night in a small Minnesota town in 1979, Grace Meade is killed and her house is set ablaze. Incredibly, the prime suspect is her own daughter Jillian.
On a cold winter night in a small Minnesota town in 1979, someone comes looking for Grace Meade. She is killed and her house is set ablaze. Incredibly, the prime suspect is her own daughter, Jillian.Rescued from the burning house, Jillian Meade is hospitalized, unable-or unwilling-to speak. After an attempt to take her own life, Jillian's doctor gives her a blank journal to encourage her to write about her mother's death.Unaware of what has happened, FBI Special Agent Alex Cruz comes to Havenwood, Minnesota, to interview Jillian. Two elderly women were found murdered in their homes in England, and Jillian, it seems, was the last person to see both women alive. When he learns that Jillian's own mother met a similar fate, he realizes that there is far more going on than anyone ever imagined.When Jillian suddenly disappears, Cruz has only her journal to decipher the story of Grace and Jillian Meade. A story of a wartime heist of Nazi gold, of unforgivable betrayals and ruthless actions. A deadly secret from the past, Cruz learns, has surfaced. And if he doesn't find Jillian soon, she, too, may be made to pay the ultimate price.
On a cobbled street in old Vienna, an accident leaves David Tardiff a shadow of his brilliant self and his young daughter, Lindsay, severely injured. On a deserted highway in New Mexico, five of the world's leading scientists disappear in a burst of flames. One woman-David's wife, CIA officer Mariah Bolt-is the link between both tragedies. Confronted by the devastating destruction of her family and too many unanswered questions, she's determined to prove that neither was an accident As she probes deeper into what really happened in Vienna, she realizes she can trust no one-not the government, not her mentor, not even her husband. Because now Mariah is the target.
On a cobbled street in old Vienna, an accident leaves David Tardiff a shadow of his brilliant self and his young daughter, Lindsay, severely injured. On a deserted highway in New Mexico, five of the world's leading scientists disappear in a burst of flames. One woman-David's wife, CIA officer Mariah Bolt-is the link between both tragedies. Confronted by the devastating destruction of her family and too many unanswered questions, she's determined to prove that neither was an accident. As she probes deeper into what really happened in Vienna, she realizes that she can trust no one-not the government, not her mentor, not even her husband. Because now Mariah is the target.
Senior CIA analyst Mariah Bolt always resented her famous novelist father, Ben Bolt. But Mariah became the guardian of her father's legacy--never knowing she'd inherited a time bomb. Before she can find out the truth about her father, one old friend will betray her while another will be murdered, and her father's lover will end up dead. Mariah soon sees she's a pawn in a deadly game where the innocent are sacrificed for the bigger prize.
Senior CIA analyst Mariah Bolt remembers her late father as the man who abandoned his family to run off to Europe with another woman. Ben Bolt's fans remember him somewhat differently, and revere him as a literary genius. But like it or not, Mariah has become the reluctant guardian of his legacy-never suspecting she has also inherited a ticking time bomb.As she is about to depart on a much-needed vacation with her teenage daughter, Mariah is called in on an urgent assignment-to lure a man into betraying his country. There's only one hitch-to get to this man she has to cross paths with her father's old lover. Suddenly the past is back with a vengeance.One old friend will betray her and another will be murdered, as Mariah discovers how little she really knows about her father's life-and his death. And when her fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing, Mariah will be reminded once more that there are no limits in the terrifying game of international espionage.
In Hong Kong a beautiful woman is pushed off a balcony to her death. In London a young American is gunned down outside the U.S. embassy. In Washington a senior CIA official vanishes into thin air. Random, unrelated events? Or pieces of the same puzzle?These events are no accidents, it seems, when it is discovered that the woman in Hong Kong had a CIA lover. That the London murder was a case of mistaken identity, and that the intended target was the wife of CIA senior deputy Drum MacNeil, who has since gone missing.To find MacNeil, investigators are taking a close look at his past actions, public and private. And at his restless wife, Carrie, who is doing her best to play the part of the innocent victim, even though it's increasingly clear that Drum's life has been a carefully constructed lie.Carrie MacNeil is about to learn firsthand about the evil of treachery. And in this business there are no fair-trade rules. It's always a liar's market.
Between jobs and feeling financially strapped, gun-for-hire Hannah Nicks takes on an assignment that promises easy money and an all-expenses-paid vacation on the Mexican Riviera. Hired by her sister's friend, a gallery owner, Hannah sets out to transport a minor artist's painting to its buyer in Puerto Vallarta. But when Hannah arrives at the delivery point, she finds the tail end of a massacre and is nearly killed herself. She hides the painting, fearing it is not a meal ticket but a death warrant, and flees back to the States. But it only gets worse for her in L. A. The gallery owner has been killed, and Hannah is named as the murder suspect. In order to prove her innocence, she must hunt down the person who framed her. . . and uncover the secret of a deadly work of art.
Criminal profiler Laurel Madden is at the top of her field. But being the best comes at a price. Brilliant, beautiful and aloof, agent Madden has a dark side and even darker secrets. Maybe it's why she understands the criminal mind so well. Sent to cover the disappearance of the children, report Claire Gillespie arrives in California with another, more personal agenda: to rip away the veil of secrecy that surrounds and protects Madden. Claire has evidence that Madden committed murder... and got away with it. Until now. And Claire won't rest until there's justice for the victim - someone she cared about. Between these two determined women stands veteran FBI agent Dan Sprague - torn by duty, loyalty to one woman and an intense attraction to the other that's as unwelcome as it is irresistible. As the balance shifts dangerously between these three, one thing becomes clear: hunting killers is a dangerous game.
Security specialist Hannah Nicks has one goal: earn enough money to regain custody of her son. The fastest way to accomplish that is to take on a covert, privately funded mission in the Middle East. But when the mission ends badly, she realizes the price of her risks: the loss of a young ally, the reward money and her reputation. Two years later Hannah is back in Los Angeles. When a chance encounter leads to the man who ruined her mission, Hannah plans to even the score. But she doesn't expect to unravel a tangled web of lies and treachery that could drag America to its knees. Her only ally is a cop who has burned a few too many bridges himself and understands that the odds are always better when you have nothing left to lose.