The Edge of Dawn

The Edge of Dawn

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by Beverly Jenkins
     
 

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The beautiful daughter of a prominent Michigan doctor,Narice has never strayedanywhere near the wrong sideof the law. Then her fatheris brutally murdered -- andsuddenly federal agents areswarming around her likeflies, making accusations about a stolen North African diamond. But before they can interrogate her, she is wrested from their grasp at gunpoint by a

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The beautiful daughter of a prominent Michigan doctor,Narice has never strayedanywhere near the wrong sideof the law. Then her fatheris brutally murdered -- andsuddenly federal agents areswarming around her likeflies, making accusations about a stolen North African diamond. But before they can interrogate her, she is wrested from their grasp at gunpoint by a shadowy figure -- and Narice Jordan is on the run.

But is this dark, good-looking stranger who calls himself Saint her kidnapper or her savior? Narice knows nothing about any missing gem, yet there are two things she knows for certain:Only at Saint's side can she find her wayto her father's killers.

And she'll have to trust this dangerous,ruthless, and deadly mystery man ... if shewants to keep breathing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061737008
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
102,684
File size:
633 KB

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The Edge of Dawn

Chapter One

Arson. The word and its implications echoed inside thirty-seven-year-old Narice Jordan like remnants of a bad dream. Arson. No matter where she turned the word was there, laughing, taunting, reminding her that the fire responsible for her father's death had been deliberately set. According to the Detroit police a person or persons unknown had poured gasoline around the perimeter of Simon Jordan's home, then tossed in a match. The memorial celebrating his life had been held yesterday, and now a brokenhearted Narice stood waiting in her motel room for a cab to the Detroit airport for her pre-dawn flight back home to Baltimore.

She hadn't been able to sleep, so she was staring at a twenty-four-hour stretch with no rest. Both mind and spirit were exhausted. The cab company dispatcher promised the driver would arrive by three a.m. According to the gold watch on Narice's brown wrist, it was just about that time now.

As if cued, a knock sounded on the door. "Who is it?" she asked through the wood. A peek through the tiny spy hole showed a short, stocky brother dressed in an ill-fitting olive green suit.

"You called a cab?"

Narice undid the locks and opened up. "Yes, I did." He showed her a smile. "You Ms. Jordan? Going to the airport?"

She nodded. "Let me get my bag." Narice had already settled her bill, courtesy of the check-out service on the TV, so she had no need to go down to the desk. She took a quick look around the room to make sure she hadn't left anything behind. Satisfied, she grabbed up her purse and the handle on the wheeled suitcase. Exiting, she closed the door softly behind her.

It was dark. The air was still close and sticky like it is sometimes in mid July. As she followed the driver down the stairs she could feel the heat building up inside her black suit, but she paid it little mind. She was too busy mentally blessing the cabbie for being early. She hated rushing through airports.

The yellow cab glowed eerily under the glare of the big lights ringing the parking lot. The heels of her pumps clicked loudly on the pavement. The driver opened the passenger door and took the suitcase from her. "I'll put it in the trunk. You get on in."

Before doing so, Narice fished around in her shoulder bag to make sure she had her ticket. After putting her hand on it, she bent to get into the back seat and froze at the sight of the well-dressed White man in the corner with the gun in his hand. "Come in, Ms. Jordan. I've been waiting for you."

Fear made her instinctively back up and away, but the stocky body of the driver firmly blocked her path.

"Get in," the cabbie ordered.

"No!" she yelled, but before she could tense her body for fight, the driver stuck a gun in her ribs. She stilled.

He whispered harshly. "Do you want your family to bury you, too?"

Narice's head snapped around. Did he know something about her father's death? Afraid, she said, "Who are you?"

He answered by forcing her into the cab. The door slammed shut beside her and her fear climbed. She stared at the man in the shadowy corner. He was smiling. "Put on your seat belt, Ms. Jordan. We wouldn't want anything to happen to you."

She eyed the man warily. "Where are you taking me?" Every horror imaginable played vividly through her mind.

"Just put on your belt."

Auto safety was not her concern. "Where are we going?" "Relax. No one's going to hurt you."

Relaxing was impossible; she was scared to death. As the cab pulled away, she prayed someone had seen her being pushed into the cab and that they would call the police, but she didn't hold much hope.

They left the motel lot without incident, turned onto Woodward and headed downtown. Narice could see a few other cars traveling the same route, but at this time of morning traffic was sparse. The cab stopped at a red light and a police car cruised up and stopped a lane over. Narice's hope soared. She had to let them know she needed help. She gave a quick look over at the man seated in the shadows. He had his gun pointed her way. "Sit back against the seat, Ms. Jordan. Slowly, please."

Her hope withered. Tight-lipped, she complied. A few seconds later she watched the light turn green. The police rode beside the cab through the next two lights, then the officers must have received a call because their car suddenly accelerated. Lights flashing, they roared away.

Narice felt very alone. Another look over at the shadowy man showed his slow, pleased smile. She was fighting to keep herself under control so she could think, but it was hard. What is this about? Where am I being taken? Who are these men? A million questions screamed for answers. "Where are you taking me?"

"The better question is why?"

Her reply was terse. "Okay, I'll bite. Why?"

"Because you hold the key to a long-lost treasure."

"What kind of treasure?"

"A beautiful blue diamond known as the Eye of Sheba."

Narice had no idea what he was talking about. "I think you snatched the wrong person. I don't know anything about a diamond."

"But your father did."

Narice stilled. She studied him for a moment and wondered what was really going on here. She noted that he'd spoken about her father in the past tense.

"You knew my father?"

"Once upon a time. Yes."

"He died in a house fire last week."

"I know."

"The police are calling it arson. Do you know who set the fire?"

"If I tell you too much now, you may not tell me what I wish to know later. Let's just enjoy the ride, shall we?"

The Edge of Dawn. Copyright © by Beverly Jenkins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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Edge of Dawn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
TipTopTS More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Beverly Jenkins. I have yet to read a novel of hers that I did not enjoy. In my opinion she is simply the best. I couldn't wait to read "The Edge of Dawn" (Saint story). After reading Sarita's story in "The Edge of Midnight" I was hooked on the storyline and the characters. I love how the fiesty, strong-willed, subborn, brave, and intelligent women in these stories challenge the toughest of men and give them a run for their money. "The Edge of Dawn" was very action packed with almost nonstop thrilling situations. Saint is definitley the inspector gadget/007/Jason Bourne hero with his life saving jacket of gismos and gadgets. At the same time even with his knowledge and expertice, he has that softer side especially when it comes to protecting the fiesty Narice. Narice has definitely had her her share of drama in this story and did all the women of the world proud with her roll with the punches attitude and quick thinking. Just the fact that she drove a SUV through a store to help out her hero gave her cool points with me. Gotta love it! If you like action with some romance thrown in this book is a must read, as well as "The Edge of Midnight" (read "The Edge of Mignight first if you can). I can't wait for future books to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line, great history story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read. Some parts where interesting. Others seemed to drag a bit. My real peeve was that's certain parts seemed recycled from one of the her previous novels. I felt like I was reading the same thing twice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The romantic parts dragged on, more than necessary and took away from the rest of the story. I found myself skipping some parts in order to move on. Though I did enjoy the rest of the story it could not compete with David Balducci and others of that genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual another great read
Creciajw More than 1 year ago
Just like all of Beverly Kenkins' books this one is Awesome as well. The whole series is great. Highly reccommend all her books!
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Kimberly Bertrand More than 1 year ago
Beverly Jenkins Edge of Dawn is sure to capture readers attention and coming back for more. Edge of Dawn is perfect for both mystery and romance lovers.
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