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Beachcomber

by Karen Robards

SIMON AND SHUSTER | August 12, 2003 | Hardcover

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From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards comes a thrilling new novel of suspense and steamy seaside sensuality set in North Carolina''s Outer Banks, where a serial killer combs the beaches filled with beautiful female tourists for his next victim.

Christy Petrino hadn''t planned on a vacation on Ocracoke Island, but when she learns her fiancé and boss, suave Michael DePalma, is a "made man" and the Philadelphia law firm where she works is a front for the mob, she breaks her engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from the DePalma family business so easily....Only if she delivers a locked briefcase to a motel on Ocracoke Island will she -- and her mother and sisters -- be free.

But after clandestinely making her drop-off late at night, Christy suspects she is being followed on the moonlit beach -- and unwittingly runs into a new kind of terror. Now a witness at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy learns the police are hunting a serial killer they refer to as the "Beachcomber" because beautiful young women -- women who in fact resemble her -- have disappeared recently while vacationing at nearby beach communities. Christy doesn''t know whom to fear more -- a serial killer who believes she might be able to identify him, or the DePalma family, whose tentacles she can''t seem to escape.

Only when she''s with Luke Rand, her big surfer-dude next-door neighbor, does she feel safe. But with Luke''s asking so many questions about her ex-fiancé and his showing up almost too conveniently whenever danger strikes, she can''t help but wonder if his interest in her is due to more than sexual attraction. Can she trust this handsome stranger to help her survive a hot and deadly summer?

Karen Robards creates a tour de force of passion and suspense in this scintillating page-turner, the quintessential summertime read.

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 12, 2003

Publisher: SIMON AND SHUSTER

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743453484

ISBN - 13: 9780743453486

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Beachcomber

by Karen Robards

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 12, 2003

Publisher: SIMON AND SHUSTER

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743453484

ISBN - 13: 9780743453486

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Chapter 1 Two weeks later... Sometimes in life, when one thing goes wrong it triggers another and another until disasters end up multiplying around you like horny rabbits. Unfortunately, Christy Petrino was getting the nasty suspicion that this just might be one of those times. She was being followed as she walked along the moonlit beach. She knew it. Knew it with a certainty that made her heart pound and her breathing quicken and the tiny hairs on the back of her neck prickle to attention. Someone was behind her. She felt eyes on her, hostility directed at her, the intangible vibes of another presence, with a sense that was more trustworthy yet less dependably there than the usual five. Tonight, as it typically did when it hit her, this sixth sense of hers made a mockery of sight and sound, smell, touch, and taste. She''d learned in a hard school to trust it implicitly. Please, God... Fear curled inside her quicker than a coiling snake. Like any other good Catholic girl trembling on the brink of danger, she turned to a higher power for help even though it had been an embarrassingly long time since she had actually been inside a church. Hopefully, God wasn''t keeping score. I''ll go to Mass this Sunday, I swear. I mean, I promise. Just let this be my imagination. Clutching the slender can of Mace that was her next line of defense against the dangers that lurked in the night, she did her best to dismiss what her sixth sense was telling her even as she brought her other five se
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From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards comes a thrilling new novel of suspense and steamy seaside sensuality set in North Carolina''s Outer Banks, where a serial killer combs the beaches filled with beautiful female tourists for his next victim.

Christy Petrino hadn''t planned on a vacation on Ocracoke Island, but when she learns her fiancé and boss, suave Michael DePalma, is a "made man" and the Philadelphia law firm where she works is a front for the mob, she breaks her engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from the DePalma family business so easily....Only if she delivers a locked briefcase to a motel on Ocracoke Island will she -- and her mother and sisters -- be free.

But after clandestinely making her drop-off late at night, Christy suspects she is being followed on the moonlit beach -- and unwittingly runs into a new kind of terror. Now a witness at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy learns the police are hunting a serial killer they refer to as the "Beachcomber" because beautiful young women -- women who in fact resemble her -- have disappeared recently while vacationing at nearby beach communities. Christy doesn''t know whom to fear more -- a serial killer who believes she might be able to identify him, or the DePalma family, whose tentacles she can''t seem to escape.

Only when she''s with Luke Rand, her big surfer-dude next-door neighbor, does she feel safe. But with Luke''s asking so many questions about her ex-fiancé and his showing up almost too conveniently whenever danger strikes, she can''t help but wonder if his interest in her is due to more than sexual attraction. Can she trust this handsome stranger to help her survive a hot and deadly summer?

Karen Robards creates a tour de force of passion and suspense in this scintillating page-turner, the quintessential summertime read.

About the Author

Karen Robards is the author of more than twenty-one novels, including Whispers at Midnight, To Trust a Stranger, and Paradise County, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Doug, and their three sons.
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