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HIGH NOON: Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family’s home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she’s Savannah’s top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations. It’s exactly that heady combination of steely courage and sensitivity that first attracts Duncan Swift to Phoebe. After watching her talk one of his employees off a roof ledge, he is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life.
When she’s grabbed by a man who throws a hood over her head and brutally assaults her—in her own precinct house—Phoebe can’t help being deeply shaken. And when threatening messages appear on her doorstep, she’s not just alarmed but frustrated. How do you go face-to-face with an opponent who refuses to look you in the eye?
TRIBUTE: Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling—and has come to her grandmother’s farmhouse to rescue it from ruin. An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet Hardy died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago. Plunging into the project with gusto, Cilla’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer—but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor are hard to ignore.
In the house’s cluttered attic, Cilla has found a cache of unsigned letters suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died. The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.