Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.
"Bless me Father, for I will sin." In her first contemporary suspense thriller, Garwood, better known for best-selling romantic fiction (Ransom; the Clayborne Brides trilogy; etc.), explodes out the narrative gate, but delivers more romance than suspense. While waiting for test results to determine if he needs another round of chemotherapy, Father Thomas Madden is the guest of Monsignor McKindry at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Kansas City. He offers to sit in for McKindry in the confessional. When a mocking voice seeks the good father's prayers to prevent him from murdering the priest's own sister, Laurant Madden, panic quickly sets in. The faceless voice behind the screen admits to a previous murder and also knows about Father Tommy's cancer. Tommy quickly calls FBI agent Nicholas Buchanan (Tommy's best friend since childhood) and asks him to track down the madman and protect his sister. Laurant has never met Nick before, but is instantly attracted to him. The two fake falling in love to flush out the murderer, but the pretense is short-lived. Some members of the chorus provide amusing turnsÄmost notably outspoken elderly sisters Bessie Jean and Viola Vanderman, who serve up casseroles and counsel safe sex. Garwood's writing is strongest where affairs of the heart are concerned. If the thriller aspect of the novel fails to ignite, the sexual pas de deux between Nick and Laurant delivers sufficient smolder for Garwood's fans. Major ad/promo; 16-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
San Antonio Express-News Frightening....keeps you guessing
until the end.
The Kansas City Star Will leave your heart pounding....The suspense builds nonstop.
New York Post Heartbreaker moves along at a racehorse pace, its plot swerving and darting with sudden turns and jolts....Garwood's characters are well drawn.
USA Today Heartbreaker dances between suspense and romance.
The Kansas City Star Just when it looks like the ride is over, the action ratchets up again and doesn't let up until the final shot has been fired.
Publishers Weekly In her first contemporary suspense thriller, Garwood explodes out of the narrative gate....
The Anniston Star (AL) Engrossing....addictive...by turns explosive and unpredictable....You cheer for the good guys and are glad when the bad guys get caught....[Garwood] has found a niche for herself in contemporary romantic fiction.
Kirkus Reviews Moves rapidly to a shattering climax....the frank sensuality of the love scenes is sure to please.
Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL) A heart-stopping romantic suspense story.
BookPage Garwood employs all the senses, creating vivid characterizations and unexpected twists and turns.