Hardcover | Large Print
448 pages, 9.52 × 6.33 × 1.09 in
May 29, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375431144
ISBN - 13: 9780375431142
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1MayCambridge, Massachusetts"I'm sorry to have to throw this at you during finals, Melissa." Karen Novak's voice was hesitant. "If there was any other way . . .""You want me to move out." It was no surprise. Melissa had known the decision was coming."Just until you have this problem under control. We've scouted out an efficiency for you about a block from here. You can move in right away."Melissa turned to her other roommate. "Wendy?"Wendy Sendle nodded miserably. "We think you'd be better off in an apartment by yourself.""And you certainly would be better off without me." She held up a hand as Wendy opened her mouth to protest and said gently, "It's okay. I understand. I'm not blaming you. I'll pack up and be out by tonight.""You don't have to be in a hurry. Tomorrow would be—" Wendy broke off as Karen gave her a pointed glance. "We'll be glad to help you pack."Melissa had known they wouldn't want to risk another night with her. "Thank you." She tried to smile. "Now, stop looking so guilty. We've been friends for years. This isn't going to change anything.""I hope not," Karen said. "You know we love you. We took it as long as we could, Melissa.""I know. You've been very tolerant." She should have moved out weeks ago, but she'd felt safe here. "I'll just go into the bathroom and pack my toiletries.""Melissa, have you ever thought of going back to Juniper?" Wendy moistened her lips. "Maybe your sister can help you.""I'll think about it. Right now Jessica's pretty busy with a n
From the Publisher
The president's daughter...
The women determined to save her...
The man with the power to betray a nation...
Iris Johansen, the New York Times bestselling author of The Killing Game and The Search, returns with an explosive new novel that sweeps us from the frightening nightmares of a young girl, to the deadly world of international intrigue, and to the shadowy bond between two sisters willing to put their lives on the line....
No sooner does Melissa Riley arrive at her sister's isolated Virginia country home than she finds herself drawn into a drama she never expected. Years earlier, her sister, the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley, had pulled Melissa out of the darkness of severe catatonic trauma. Now she's attempting to do the same for the daughter of the president of the United States.
The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents on duty to protect her. And to free Cassie from the terrors in her own mind, Melissa and Jessica must risk their own safety and sanity and place their trust in a mysterious, charismatic man.
Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. He risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And he has entered into a secret bargain with the president to get revenge. But does he really want to help? Why? Or is his show of concern all a treacherous charade?
Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Michael Travis as their ally — even when he proposes a dangerous plan that will put all their lives on the line. Because far away from the safety of Virginia, an international game of deadly intrigue is under way. It is a game of powerful and dangerous underworld figures whose specialty is getting what they want — and whose means to do it is murder. And of one killer in particular who is obsessed with the very thing at the heart of Cassie's nightmares.
"Johansen's fans will enjoy the swirling plot lines, staccato dialogue and abrupt scene shifts that mark her style."
— Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Iris Johansen, who has more than eight million copies of her books in print, has won many awards for her achievements in writing. The bestselling author of The Killing Game, The Face of Deception, And Then You Die, Long After Midnight, and The Ugly Duckling, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where she is currently at work on a new novel.
From the Hardcover edition.