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With more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers to her credit and more than 24 million books in print, Jayne Ann Krentz could easily rest on her laurels. Instead she keeps cranking out captivating tales of romantic suspense that demonstrate her immense talent and amazing diversity. She scores yet another winner with her latest effort, Lost and Found, a tale of money, murder, and morals that explores the dark underbelly of the antiquities market.
Cady Briggs, an expert in finding, evaluating, and brokering antiquities, has built up a fantasy around her online business acquaintance, Mack Easton, owner and CEO of a low-profile "collections" company called Lost and Found. Together the duo track some missing antiques and artworks, indulging in a bit of flirtatious online banter in the process. When Cady finally gets to meet Easton in person, the case that brings them together -- the theft of an ancient warrior's helmet -- culminates in a life-threatening encounter with a couple of thugs and a shared night of passion between the sheets. But Cady's fascination with Easton is temporarily put on hold when her beloved but eccentric aunt, Vesta, is found dead, apparently having drowned while swimming in her pool.
Vesta was the owner of a prestigious antiques gallery and was about to approve a merger with another family-owned company when she died. Though Cady had always made it clear she had no interest in running the gallery, Vesta's recently revised will leaves the controlling shares in the company to her. Puzzled, Cady begins to suspect that something isn't right with the merger, or with her aunt's death. She solicits Easton's help in investigating the situation, and together they uncover a shady con man who is luring wealthy older people into buying high-class fakes that are so well done they even fool some of the experts. But Cady soon learns that the con man is merely the skim on the surface, and that the treachery lies far deeper -- and much closer -- than she ever thought.
Krentz, who also pens futuristic and historical romances under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, has a flair for intriguing plots, engaging characters, and compelling stories. With tales as smart and sexy as Lost and Found, it's easy to see why she is one of the most popular authors of romantic suspense around.
Contributing Editor Beth Amos is the author of three novels, including Cold White Fury and Second Sight.