He’s a cop trying to stop a serial bomber. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her own name.
When a deadly bomb goes off during a climate change debate, librarian and event coordinator Jackie Santoro becomes the prime suspect. Her motive, according to Detective Avery Wick: to avenge the suicide of her prominent father, who was accused of crimes by a city councilman attending the event.
Though Avery has doubts about Jackie’s guilt, he can’t exonerate her even after an extremist group takes responsibility for the bombing and continues to attack San Antonio’s treasured public spaces.
As Jackie tries to hold her shattered family together, she has no choice but to proceed with plans for the Caterina Ball, the library system’s biggest annual fundraiser. But she also fears the event provides the perfect opportunity for the bomber to strike again.
Despite their mistrust, Jackie and Avery join forces to unmask the truth—before the death toll mounts even higher.
Bestseller Kelly Irvin is back with a nail-biting romantic suspense where nothing is certain until the very last page.
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In this gripping suspense novel from Irvin (Closer than She Knows), librarian Jackie Santoro, the adult collections coordinator for the Central Library in San Antonio, Tex., has organized a reception for city officials and VIP donors who are attending a controversial “debate between a climate-change activist and author and an its all-a-hoax proponent.” As the crowd is moving into the auditorium, a bomb goes off, killing five people, including Councilman Diego Sandoval. Within minutes, teams from the ATF, the FBI, and the San Antonio PD are on the scene. They soon focus on Jackie’s friend Meher Faheem, largely because she’s a hijab-wearing Muslim. Jackie is also under suspicion, due to the anger she has expressed toward Sandoval, whom she blamed in part for her father’s suicide. Proving her innocence brings her into conflict with SAPD homicide detective Avery Witt. Jackie and Avery must learn to trust each other as they get on the trail of a serial killer. Loving descriptions of San Antonio’s attractions enhance the well-paced plot. Irvin consistently entertains. Agent: Julie Gwinn, Seymour Agency. (Feb.)