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Even in the wide open spaces of Texas, secrets find a place to hide…in the heart of a shy determined woman; behind the hard, rugged exterior of a DEA agent; and in the dangerous world of drug smuggling.

Rodrigo Ramirez is sent undercover as an itinerant laborer on Gloryanne Barnes’s stepbrother’s farm in Jacobsville, where he’s looking to bust a new and vicious cartel operating south of the border. Gloryanne is smart, savvy and fiercely independent, but her job has put her in ...

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Even in the wide open spaces of Texas, secrets find a place to hide…in the heart of a shy determined woman; behind the hard, rugged exterior of a DEA agent; and in the dangerous world of drug smuggling.

Rodrigo Ramirez is sent undercover as an itinerant laborer on Gloryanne Barnes’s stepbrother’s farm in Jacobsville, where he’s looking to bust a new and vicious cartel operating south of the border. Gloryanne is smart, savvy and fiercely independent, but her job has put her in danger from the same criminal Rodrigo is investigating. She’s drawn to the enigmatic new farmhand, Rodrigo, a man who is much more than he seems, and who stirs a desire that leaves her breathless. But secrets are about to shatter all their lives, for better, for worse…and maybe forever.

Gloryanne’s sweet innocence is too much temptation for a tormented man. Confused and bitter about love, driven by his dangerous job and searching for answers, Rodrigo is not sure if his reckless offer of marriage is just a means to completing his mission – or something more. But as Gloryanne’s bittersweet miracle and Rodrigo’s double life collide, two people learning just what it means to trust must face the truth about each other, and decide if there’s a chance for the future they both secretly desire.

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After a convoluted setup, romance master Palmer settles into her sizzling story about drug smuggling in Texas. Central to the tale is tiny, unpretentious Gloryanne Barnes, a formidable prosecutor in the San Antonio district attorney's office whose bum hip, twice broken in childhood, has left her disabled. A major drug czar whom Glory put away is using his worldwide connections to plot a hit on her. After a bullet whizzes by her ear, she's sent to work as a canner at a small organic farm to keep her out of harm's way—a move that turns out to be unexpectedly fraught with danger and romance. Taciturn farm manager Rodrigo Ramirez is more than he appears to be, as is Glory, undercover as a "little country hick." It takes a tragedy for the two proud individuals to learn trust, as both are swept up in violence and passion. (June)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781423382553
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
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  • Edition description: Abridged, 4 CDs, 5 Hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The prolific author of more than 100 books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.
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"I won't go," Gloryanne Barnes muttered.

Tall, elegant Detective Rick Marquez just stared at her, his dark eyes unyielding. "Hey, don't go. No problem. We've got a body bag just your size down at the medical examiner's office."

She threw a wadded up piece of paper across the desk at him.

He caught it with one lean hand and raised an eyebrow. "Assault on a peace officer…"

"Don't you quote the law to me," she shot back, rising. "I can cite legal precedents from memory."

She came around the desk slowly, thinner than she usually was, but still attractive in her beige suit. Her skirt flowed to midcalf, above small feet in ankle-strapped high heels that flattered what showed of her legs. She perched herself on the edge of the desk. Her high cheekbones were faintly flushed from temper, and something more worrying. She had very long, light blond hair which she wore loose, so that it fell in a cascade down her back almost to her waist. She had pale green eyes and a wide forehead, with a perfect bow of a mouth under her straight nose. She never wore makeup and didn't need to. Her complexion was flawless, her lips a natural mauve. She wouldn't win any beauty contests, but she was attractive when she smiled. She didn't smile much these days.

"I won't be any safer in Jacobsville than I am here," she said, trotting out the same old tired argument she'd been using for the past ten minutes.

"You will," he insisted. "Cash Grier is chief of police. Eb Scott and his ex-mercenary cronies live there, as well. It's such a small town that any outsider will be noticed immediately."

She was frowning. Her eyes, behind the trendy frames of the glasses she occasionally wore in place of contact lenses for extreme nearsighted-ness, were thoughtful.

"Besides—" he played his trump card "—your doctor said…"

"That's not your business." She cut him off.

"It is if you drop dead on your desk!" he said, driven to indiscretion by her stubbornness. "You're the only witness we've got to what Fuentes said! He could kill you to shut you up!"

Her lips made a thin line. "I've had death threats ever since I got out of college and took a job here as an assistant district attorney," she replied. "It goes with the work."

"Most people don't mean it literally when they threaten to kill you," he returned. "Fuentes does. Do I really have to remind you what happened to your co-worker Doug Lerner two months ago? Better yet, would you like to see the autopsy photos?"

"You don't have any autopsy photos that I haven't already seen, Detective Marquez," she said quietly, folding her arms across her firm, small breasts. "I'm not really shockable."

He actually groaned out loud. His hands moved into his pockets, allowing her a glimpse of the .45 automatic he carried on his belt. His black hair, almost as long as hers, was gathered in a ponytail at his nape. He had jet-black eyes and a flawless olive complexion, not to mention a wide, sensuous mouth. He was very good-looking.

"Jason said he'd get me a bodyguard," she said when the silence grew noticeable.

"Your stepbrother has his own problems," he replied. "And your stepsister, Gracie, would be no help at all. She's so scatterbrained that she doesn't remember where she lives half the time!"

"The Pendletons have been good to me," she defended them. "They hated my mother, but they liked me."

Most people had hated her mother, a social-climbing antisocial personality who'd been physically abusive to Glory since her birth. Glory's father had taken her to the emergency room half a dozen times, mumbling about falls and other accidents that left suspicious bruises. But when one bout of explosive temper had left her with a broken hip, the authorities finally stepped in. Glory's mother was charged with child abuse and Glory testified against her.

By that time, Beverly Barnes was already having an affair with Myron Pendleton and he was a multimillionaire. He got her a team of lawyers who convinced a jury that Glory's father had caused the injury that her mother had given her, that Glory had lied out of fear of her father. The upshot was that the charges against Beverly were dropped. Glory's father, Todd Barnes, was arrested and tried for child abuse and convicted, despite Glory's tearful defense of him. But even though her mother was exonerated, the judge wasn't convinced that Glory would be safe with her. In a surprise move, Glory went into state custody, at the age of thirteen. Her mother didn't appeal the decision.

When Beverly subsequently married Myron Pendleton, at his urging, she tried to get custody of Glory again. But the same judge who'd heard the case against Glory's father denied custody to Beverly. It would keep the child safe, the judge said.

What the court didn't know was that Glory was in more danger at the foster home where she'd been placed, in the custody of a couple who did as little as possible for the six children they were responsible for. They only wanted the money. Two older boys in the same household were always trying to fondle Glory, whose tiny breasts had begun to grow. The harassment went on for several weeks and culminated in an assault that left her bruised and traumatized, and afraid of anything male. Glory had told her foster parents, but they said she was making it up. Furious, Glory dialed the emergency number and when the police came, she ran out past her foster mother and all but jumped into the arms of the policewoman who came to check out her situation.

Glory was taken to the emergency room, where a doctor, sickened by what he saw, gave the police enough evidence to have the foster parents charged with neglect, and the two teenage boys with assault and battery and attempted sodomy.

But the foster parents denied everything and pointed out that Glory had lied about her mother abusing her. So she went back to the same house, where her treatment became nightmarish. The two teenage boys wanted revenge as much as the spiteful foster parents did. But they were temporarily in juvenile detention, pending a bond hearing, fortunately. The foster parents weren't, and they were furious. So Glory stuck close to the two younger girls, both under five years old, whom she had been made responsible for. She was grateful that they required so much looking-after. It spared her retribution, at least for the first few days back at the house.

Jason Pendleton hated his stepmother, Beverly. But he was curious about her young daughter, especially after a friend in law enforcement in Ja-cobsville contacted him about what had happened to Glory. The same week she was sent back to the foster home, he sent a private investigator to check out her situation. What he discovered made him sick. He and his sister, Gracie, actually went themselves to the foster home after they'd read the investigator's covertly obtained police report on the incident—which was, of course, denied by the custodians. They pointed to Glory's attempt to blame her mother for the abuse that had sent her father to prison, where he was killed by another inmate within six months.

The day the Pendletons arrived, the two teenage boys who had victimized Glory were released to the custody of the foster parents, pending trial. Glory had been running away from the teenagers all day. They'd already torn her blouse and left bruises on her. She'd been afraid to call the police again. So Jason found Glory in the closet in the bedroom she shared with the two little girls, hiding under her pitiful handful of clothes on wire hangers, crying. Her arms were bruised all over, and there was a smear of blood on her mouth. When he reached in, she cowered and shook all over with fear.

Years later, she could still remember how gently he picked her up and carried her out of the room, out of the house. She was placed tenderly in the backseat of his Jaguar, with Gracie, while Jason went back into the foster home. His deeply tanned, lean face was stiff with bridled fury when he returned. He didn't say a word. He started the car and drove Glory away.

Despite her mother's barely contained rage at having Glory in the same house where she lived, Glory was given her own room between Gracie's and Jason's, and her mother was not allowed near her. In one of their more infamous battles, Jason had threatened to have his own legal team reopen the child abuse case. He had no doubt that Glory was telling the truth about who the real abuser was. Beverly had stormed out without a reply to Jason's threats. But she left Glory alone.

It became a magical time for the tragic young girl, belonging to a family which valued her. Even Myron found her delightful company.

After Beverly died unexpectedly of a stroke when her daughter was fifteen, Glory's life settled into something approaching normalcy. But the trauma of her youth had consequences that none of her adoptive family had anticipated.

Her broken hip, despite two surgeries and the insertion of a steel pin, was never the same. She had a pronounced limp that no physical therapy could erase. And there was something else; her family had a history of hypertension, which Glory inherited. No one actually said that the stress of her young life had added to the genetic predisposition toward it. But Glory thought it did. She was put on medication during her last year in high school. Severely overweight, shy, introverted and uncomfortable around boys, she was also the target of bullies. Other girls made fun of her. They went so far as to put false messages about her on the Internet and one girl formed a club devoted to ridiculing Glory.

Jason Pendleton found out about it. The girls were dealt with, one charged with harassment and another's parents threatened with lawsuits. The abuse stopped. Mostly. But it left Glory feeling alone and out of place wherever she went. Her health, never good, caused many absences during the time of turmoil. She lost weight. She was a good student and made excellent grades, despite it. She went on to college and then to law school with the support of her stepsiblings, and graduated magna cum laude. From there, she went to the San Antonio District Attorney's office as a junior public prosecutor. Four years later, she was a highly respected assistant prosecutor with an impressive record of convictions against gang members and, most recently, drug smugglers. Her weight problem was in the past now, thanks to a good dietician.

But in her private life, she was alone. She had no close friends. She couldn't trust people, especially men. Her traumatic youth in foster care had predisposed her to be suspicious of everyone, especially anyone male. She had male friends, but she had never had a lover. She never wanted one. Nobody got close enough to Glory Barnes to hurt her.

Now this stubborn San Antonio detective was trying to force her to leave her job and hide in a small town from the drug lord she'd prosecuted for distributing cocaine.

Fuentes was the newest in a long line of drug lords who'dcrossed the border into Texas, enlarging his drug territory with the help of his street gang associates. One of them, with the promise of immunity from Glory, had testified in the trial and despite his millions, the drug czar had been facing up to fifteen years in federal prison for distribution of crack cocaine. A hung jury on that case had let him walk.

After she lost the drug case against him, she'd been sitting in the hall when Fuentes came out of the courtroom. He couldn't resist bragging about his victory. Fuentes sat down beside her and made a threat. He had worldwide connections and he could have anybody killed, even cops. He had, he said, taken out a persistent local deputy sheriff who'd harassed him by hiring a contract killer only two weeks ago. Glory would be next if she didn't lay off investigating him, he'd added with an arrogant smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Verbal Abuse is NOT hot!

    I cannot fathom any woman today with an ounce of integrity enjoying this book. The male main character was rude, verbally abusive, narcissistic and a snob. Verbal abuse and bullying are OUT! This is the first book I have read by Diana Palmer, and probably the last. Too predictable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating romantic suspense

    In San Antonio anyone looking at pint sized Gloryanne Barnes would not connect her to being a tough district attorney, but she is. Besides being small, Glory is handicapped by a bad hip, broken twice as a child by her volatile mother Beverly who got off the child abuse hook due to her affair with wealthy Myron Pendleton his lawyers persuaded the jury that Gloryanne¿s father harmed her and he went to jail in spite of his daughter¿s crying testimony otherwise. --- When drug czar Fuentes is sent to jail by her testimony, he arranges for a hit to silence the only witness. His assassin almost succeeds, but the bullet misses her ear by a fraction. To keep her safe, Glory is exiled to work undercover at a small organic farm as a canner. Manager Rodrigo Ramirez wonders why she is working here when she cannot get around she also ponders about her employer who seems to be out of place on the farm. Attracted to one another although neither will admit it, as danger mounts, they need to trust one another something neither is used to doing. --- FEARLESS is a fascinating romantic suspense starring a likable heroine and a reticent hunk willing to risk his life keeping her safe. The story line starts a bit slow as Diana Palmer introduces Glory¿s inglorious past to the audience, but once it accelerates the story lien never brakes until the final denouement that the heroine is no longer on the market. Fans will enjoy this solid Texas thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Diane Palmer what were you thinking?

    This has to be one of the worst books I've ever read! The male lead was verbally abusive and beyond cold. The lead female although confident in her job was emontionaly crippled. Yes, she had had a horrible childhood but still... what self respecting female would ever put up with the stuff she put up with. Thank goodness this is not the first Diane Palmer book I've read because if it had been It may have been my last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014


    i have to agree with everyone this book it is the not worth reading unless you like snobs and all out bad person that rodrigo was to glory in this book i enjoyed it when she finally started talking back to him so no this book is not woth buying unless you like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013


    And that su.cked.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great Book

    I think this was a great book. I don't agree that he was jerk. If you read the book the two main people both have very hard back grounds. Rog who killed people for a living and then to have his sister killed because of his job really made him lose himself. Plus to love somebody and take care of them for three years to have a man who left her take it all way leaves some pretty hard feelings on women and love. I think he was in love with Glory from the begining. I think the cruel things he said were to mask his true feelings. I am not sure making him a sappy puppy would have made Glory become the women she did at the end. Plus they built their relationship on lies. So if you look it in that way you can understand the harsh words and the rebuilding of Rog in the end. He is human and he loved Sirian. His job was a hard job to settle down and he thought she was perfect. Glory really didn't fit the mold. I love the love scenes. He was tender and made her feel wanted. Like I said most people who marry know everything. The point of story I think is being honest and upfront with your feelings or you get burnt and lose it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    Good Read

    I don't believe that explicit sex really adds to a story. Diana Palmer walks very close to the line weaving tension in with sex. I picked this because I was in the mood for a Western, cowboy book, missing my own wandering cowboy. It's not a Western, ignore the cover, but it is full on intrigue and suspense. The only part I would re-write are words spoken can never be taken back (I won't spoil it for you). There are some things that can never be recovered from, but this is fantasy so there is a happy ending. I wasn't looking for realism so it worked for me. I enjoyed the book and was late to work because I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    heartless I'd call it(major spoilers)

    <spoilers> okay so i did read the book a long time ago so if im wrong about small things excuse them,but i remember all the big things and especially the things that ticked me off the most, I just never really gave it a review. Awful. Rod is just plain mean. He loved another women and only settled for Glory then called her a hick, abandoned her, made her loose her baby, and said terrible things to her and about her. Then when he finds out she's a rich and sucessful lawyer he all of a sudden "loves her", takes her back, and they live happily ever after. I am not buying it- he doesn't ever make it clear that he has even an ounce of feeling for her, and it's not one of those clasic cases of denial it's callous neglect and rudeness that no women should have to suffer especially a women that's seem to have had it so rough. I absoulutly hated rod but glory is definally someone i could admire. She puts her life back together once and then does it a second time after rod, and i believe she does it with little graveling. she picks up the pieces after he shatters them and moves on which is admirable. What is not admirable is the fact that she took rod back after everything she was put through. a PLAIN AWEFUL "love story". i want to read about true love because its the only way a girl can believe in it anymore. If your a romantic like me save yourself the heartbreak.
    * I don't remember a lot about the plot. it must have been good to have keep me reading because i was so disgusted i wanted to flush it down the toilet or rush it to the city dump... to bad it was borrowed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009


    This book was a decent read.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Romance and Suspense At Their Best

    I've been a Diana Palmer fan for years and Fearless is certainly a treasure among her finest novels. Gloryanne Barnes knew too much about a local drug lord. It was time for her to shed her fashionable clothes and makeup and try to "disappear" in the small town of Jacobsville, Texas. There, she would just be one of the hired hands.

    What Glory didn't count on was dark and dangerous-looking Rodrigo Ramirez, her employer at the ranch. Ramirez took over a room as soon as he crossed the threshold. Just being in the same house with the large man made Glory's blood pressure rise, a dangerous occurrence with her frail health. Again and again, the pair danced around each other as the ruthless drug lord slowly tightened the circle of adversaries around their throats. Who was a friend and who the enemy? Even worse, Glory began to wonder if it was possible to fall in love with the very man who just might be plotting to kill her. Filled with a delightful combination of suspense and romance, Fearless will keep you guessing until the final pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    Not Good for a Romantic Read

    I agree with the reader who can't believe a woman would take all the verbal abuse & put-downs by the male "hero" (NOT!) and still love him and want to be with him! Give me a break! The story dragged and I could not get into the characters because I did not like them. I'm not sure I'll try another Palmer novel.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Please Don't read this book!!

    I love Diana Palmer. I find most of her stories interesting and romantic, this book is neither. If I had not read her name on the cover I would have doubted she wrote this. I have to say Rodrigo changed from images from what I previously thought of him.I expected alot more from her witht he characters. The only good thing about this book was that I had to finish it once I starte3d it in hopes that it would get better. It did not. If you have not read any of her other books, please, dont use this as a referance!! She has many great books!!

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

    Don't Bother

    I made no connection with the 2 main characters. I found him to be a self absorbed snob and she was pathetic. Her character made gang lawyers shake in there shoes but repeatedly took verbal abuse from the male lead, and crawled back for more!Some of the nasty comments made by the male lead were things you would think to hear from a "bad guy" character not the hero???I found other male charcters in the book with far more redeaming qualities, and found myself leaaning toward 2 of tham to end up beinging the hero charcter.I also found that there were far too many references to characters from prior books included in this book which seam to have alot of weight to the storyline but not enough detail to make this an easy read for a stand alone book. Having not read Diane Palmer before, I can say I do not think I will be trying any other of her book. If these charcters are the best she can do for leads, it would be a waste of time and money. I already feel I have wasted enough with this book. I read 3-4 books a week from various genres and this is the first time I have EVER written a review. I was so disgusted!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2009

    The worst book ever!

    Rodrigo Ramirez was so nice in other books. I looked forward to his story for so long and the book was awful. Could Dina Palmer give Gloryanne Barnes anything else wrong with her? Rodrigo is mean and has no redeeming qualities. He verbally abusive expect to SarinaCarrington. I like to know what happens to the other secondary charactors Diana Palmer puts in her story like Hayes Carson. If this is an example of a likable man getting his own story, I don't want to see or read about any of the other charactors. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!! I would like to give it zero stars, however that is not an option.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    A waste of money

    LIke several other reviewers, I found this book to be a total waste of my money and time. I have not read every single book Palmer has writen, but the ones I did read were a better caliber than this one. What was wrong? Actually, I would ask, what was right. Too many characters thrown in with no background knowledge very little plot developed and my big gripe: The male lead in this novel was pathetic. This character had no redeeming qualities as far as I could see, and Palmer actually allowed him to be 'verbally abusive' to the main female character. I, for one, would never allow a man to come back if he acted/treated me as this Rodrigo did. Palmer needs to seriously get with what makes an endearing main male character instead of this tough, treat you bad and badder sort of guy she's prone to create. Just not worth your time ladies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Not what I'd want in a man.

    Rodrigo was a self absorbed idiot! He kept using his past 'love' of another woman to continually tell himself that Gloryanne was 'beneath' him. If anything, he's beneath her. The last time I truly didn't care for a character from Diana Palmer was with Boss Man. The whole belittle of women idea is not what romance is about. The action was okay but the entire story was a bit predictable and not what I would expect from Diana Palmer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Not her best

    I have been a fan of Ms. Palmer's for many years, haunting bookstores for her new releases. This effort was disappointing. The pace alternates between too much info. too fast, to not enough movement. And while my romantic heart enjoys the 'innocent girl' vs. 'strong, jaded man' fiction, this plot line of victimized girl and done-her-wrong man seems a bit recycled. First-time readers will enjoy. Die-hard, veteran fans...either wait for the paperback or go back to the oldies but goodies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008


    I have read all the Diana Palmer books but this was just careless. First, update the vocabulary. What men call women 'dishy' anymore? Come on. Also, Gloryanne is in top secret hiding from the evil Fuentes, yet she tells her doctor and cardiologist her entire sob story. And, then Consuelo takes a phone call, leaves, and then two gang members go after Gloryanne. Do they fire Cosuelo? Take her in for questioning? Oh, she has a rap sheet, too, yet is allowed to live in the same house as a protected witness. Please. Watch IN PLAIN SIGHT' for some tips.

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