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The mysterious Arcane Society, first introduced in Amanda Quick's Victorian thriller Second Sight, takes center stage again in this contemporary romantic paranormal thriller by Jayne Ann Krentz. Her main character, Society member Clare Lancaster, is a Level 10 parasensitive. This means she's a virtual human lie detector, a talent that makes her a very bad blind date -- but she's also the only one to believe that the husband of her half sister, Elizabeth, was really abusive. Having saved Elizabeth, Clare begins to get to know her very wealthy biological father, Archer Lancaster, who summons her to the family estate in Arizona. Tensions begin to swirling when Elizabeth's husband is murdered, and both Elizabeth and Clare become suspects. When Clare meets her father's associate, the very alpha, very mysterious Jake Salter, she knows right away he is not who he pretends to be. Jake, on the track of a mysterious Arcane Society cabal, finds it most inconvenient to be attracted to the very woman who can blow his cover. Their instant chemistry and their psychic talents take them into dangerous territory, both in and out of the bedroom. You may never feel relaxed at a spa again. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
This spirited paranormal romance is the latest in Krentz's Arcane Society series (which includes some novels, like the recent Second Sight, written as Amanda Quick). Clare Lancaster, like her parents and grandparents, is a member of the clandestine Arcane Society, an association of parasensitives who are dedicated to the study of the paranormal. Clare's extraordinary abilities as a human lie detector make even other paranormals uneasy, with the exception of her half-sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth's troubled marriage brings Clare to Arizona and into the family circle. There, Clare finally meets Archer Glazebrook, her biological father, but she also meets Jake Salter, another highly talented parasensitive who turns out to be on assignment from Jones & Jones (the investigative arm of the Arcane Society) to track down a possible plot to take over the society. The cabal he's after has some connection to the still-unsolved murder of Clare's objectionable brother-in-law months before. More murders follow, and Jake and Clare have to work together to save themselves and the society. Krentz delivers another evocative romance, complete with engaging dialogue and explicit sex scenes, but the real meat of the plot concerns the sleuthing: that a charismatic alpha male finally meets his mate is icing on another densely plotted Krentz confection. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Claire Lancaster has had an interesting year, having discovered that she is the daughter of Archer Glazebrook, owner of a huge corporate empire in Arizona. She meets her half-sister Elizabeth and determines that Elizabeth's husband, Brad, is trying to kill his wife. Yet it is Brad who ends up dead, with Claire discovering the body and being accused of his murder. Though she is never charged and returns to her home in California, she loses her fiancé and her job when word gets out. Now Archer has called Claire back to Arizona to ask her to chair his new charitable foundation. Little does Claire know that she is stepping into a new adventure that leads to additional murders, a conspiracy, and the love of her life, Jake Salter. This book is part of Krentz's Arcane Society series, where the characters have paranomal powers. Claire is a natural lie detector and Jake a hunter, with skills they both use to solve the various murders and discover the plans of the Cabal, an organization that wants to destroy the society. Kathy Garver and David Colacci do a masterly job of reading, alternating chapters while acting out the various parts. Some may find it disconcerting; others will enjoy the idea. For public library romance collections and libraries where Krentz has a following.
—Danna Bell-Russel

Library Journal
(See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/06) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A wealthy family of Arizona paranormals wrestles with the murder of one of its favorite sons, in Krentz's latest standardized romance-suspense hybrid (All Night Long, 2006, etc.). The Glazebrooks are a family of psychics-each ranking higher or lower on the Jones Scale of the Arcane Society, an organization devoted to psychic and paranormal research. Six months ago, Clare Lancaster, the highest ranker on the Jones Scale, was sought out by her stepsister Elizabeth for help with her abusive marriage. Clare and Elizabeth, who share the same father, met for the first time-Clare's mother had an affair with Arizona businessman Archer Lancaster more than 30 years ago, and Clare never knew him growing up. After the two met, Elizabeth's princely husband, Archer's colleague Bradley McAllister, was murdered, and Clare was roundly blamed because she meddled in his and Elizabeth's marriage. Now it's July, and Clare has been summoned by the patriarch to the Stone Canyon, Ariz., family estate to discuss her taking over a new charitable foundation Archer wants to establish. Soon, Clare meets Jake Salter, the seemingly plain but sharp-eyed private investigator for the Jones & Jones firm hired independently by Archer and the Arcane Society. In fact, the elusive Jones & Jones firm's main task is to guard the founder's psychic formula, which apparently transforms its users into "ruthless, psychically enhanced, highly unstable sociopaths." While Clare, the human lie-detector, swoons over Jake, who has misrepresented his psychic abilities in order to work undercover, and the two delve deeper into Brad's shadowy dealings, Clare is attacked by Brad's deranged-by-grief, alcoholic mother, Valerie Shipley. Thepsychic edge intrigues, but the effect is diffused in this small society of sameness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515143997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 166,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.


A successful corporate and academic librarian-turned-author, Jayne Ann Krentz wrote serial romances for several publishers (including industry powerhouse Harlequin) before breaking out in the '90s as a writer of romantic novels. To say that she has been successful is an understatement: A New York Times- bestselling author with more than 23 million copies of her books in print, she writes three sub-genres of romantic suspense under three different pen names: contemporary romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, historicals as Amanda Quick, and futuristic/paranormal romances as Jayne Castle. (In her early career, she employed at least three additional pseudonyms!) In 2006, the prolific Krentz launched The Arcane Society series -- crossover thrillers written under all three noms de plume that feature members of a secret organization devoted to the study of the paranormal.

It would be hard to find a more passionate advocate for romantic fiction than Krentz. In 1992, she edited and contributed to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, an award-winning nonfiction essay collection that serves an eloquent apologia for the genre. She has also received the Jane Austen Commemorative Medal from Romantic Times magazine for her work educating readers about Romance. "The Romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story," she says on her website. "These are books that celebrate women's heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love." Clearly, her legions of loyal fans agree!

Good To Know

I have finally reached the point in my career where I have some say over cover art. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have absolutely no talent for cover art design. Thank heavens I'm with a publisher (Putnam/Berkley) that maintains a terrific art department.

I love green tea and red wine and was absolutely thrilled when it turned out that both are now considered health foods.

I love all animals except for squirrels which, I strongly suspect, are aliens from outer space who are here to take over the planet. You have been warned.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, WA
    1. Education:
      BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
    2. Website:

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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Jayne Ann Krentz

Heart to Heart: It's a brilliant idea to come up with an organization -- the mysterious Arcane Society -- that can become the focal point for both your Amanda Quick historicals and Jayne Ann Krentz contemporaries. How did you come up with that? What are the challenges in developing the two time eras?

Jayne Ann Krentz: I'm so glad you love the idea because I am absolutely enthralled by it. I can't begin to tell you how much fun I am having with this series. The Arcane Society, a secretive group devoted to paranormal research, makes an ideal backdrop for the kind of story I love to do most: romantic suspense with a psychic twist. Each novel will feature a different hero and heroine, and each will stand alone and can be read on its own. However readers who take up the series under both my Quick and Krentz names will get to discover all sorts of interesting stuff about the Arcane Society, past and present.

HtoH: Tell us about your interest in the world of paranormal/psychic research. For your Amanda Quick titles, certainly we saw that element in Wait Until Midnight, then fully developed in Second Sight, the first Arcane Society title.

JAK: I should probably explain first that, as a writer, I draw a bright line between the psychic stuff and the supernatural. The Arcane Society books fall squarely into the psychic category. I see the paranormal talents of my characters as extensions of natural human intuition -- not magic; not supernatural. My characters' psychic abilities tend to cause them a lot of trouble. But they also add an intriguing twist when it comes to the romantic relationships in my books -- and if you read me, you know that there is always a strong romance at the heart of all my books.

HtoH: We love your main character in White Lies -- Clare Lancaster, a Level 10 parasensitive, a virtual human lie detector, who can't get a date. And the only guy who might interest her is working undercover, and she's the only one who could tell. What are some of your favorite scenes with this couple?

JAK: Poor Clare. What guy wants to date a woman who knows for sure he's lying when he says he'll call? But the hero of White Lies, Jake Salter, has a few unusual psychic quirks, too. One thing he can't resist is a challenge, and Clare is definitely a challenge. I had a lot of fun with the swimming pool scene. Clare has never gone skinny-dipping at night but Jake talks her into it. After all, the pool lights are all off. Turns out that Jake can see in the dark….

HtoH: What's coming up in 2007 -- for Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle? Can we expect more Arcane Society titles?

JAK: The next Amanda Quick is The River Knows. It is not an Arcane Society novel. Not every book will be an Arcane book. The River Knows features a heroine with a secret past that could get her killed. I'm going to wait and see how readers respond before I decide how far to take the Arcane books. As for the next Jayne Castle, it will be another book in my Ghost Hunter series. The heroine is in desperate need of a bodyguard who can double as a date for her sister's wedding. There is also another heroic dust-bunny named Araminta.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Great Read

    This is my second read for the Arcane Society Series. I'm afraid I started backwards with the Ghost Hunter Series and then Midnight Crystal. But it's great to see how it all started and meet the ancestors of major players throughout both series. We meet Clare, who's a tough and skilled woman that loves her family. We also learn there's a heck of a past attached to her. I adored the first time Jake saw her and the crack about 'something wicked this way comes' haha. We fast find that he's a very intelligent and in control man, and that he's also not quite who he seems. Both have abilities and secrets which leads to a wild ride of murder, mystery, danger, conspiracies, romance, family and humor.
    I adored both Jake and Clare's families and am glad they were just as developed as the leads. Clare's dad is gruff yet loving, and a very sweet papa bear. Her loving and loyal sister and Myra, who ends up being a surprise. Jake's cousin, who's going to have to work hard to win Clare over *grin*, is also very interesting. Have a feeling we'll be seeing him again. I also feel this series will only get better. As always, Krentz's work is exceptional and I highly recommend this amazing series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick) is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I recently read "Second Sight," the first Arcane Society novel set in the Victorian era. I am very glad that Krentz decided to extend the Arcane society stories over a wider time range; it gives lots of scope for interesting 'back-and-forth'-ing through time. This novel is smart, funny, passionate, and mysterious with sizzling sexual tension. I loved the relationship between the protagonists, Jake and Clare. They talked and listened to each other; they had disagreements and difficulties, but they were willing to communicate and deal with their problems. Start reading this series...I promise you won't regret it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2010

    Awesome book!

    I really enjoyed this book. I have read many books by Amanda Quick and loved them. I really enjoy historical books and was a little skeptical about the present time frame but I wanted to try one of her books written under Jayne Ann Krentz. I was pleasantly suprised. Now I have a new series to read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    The Arcane series is great.

    I love all of Jayne Ann Krentz's books no matter what name she writes under. This book was exceptionally good. Krentz has a way of blending the perfect amoounts of supsense, romance, mystery and sci-fi to make a smooth, "can't put the book down" read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    White Lies Jayne Ann Krentz

    Five stars all the way. The Arcane Society is a amazing and detailed looked into the (not so unrealistic) side of human nature. Well written and fantastic. I have read all her books on the Arcane Society, cannot wait for the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    This one was awesome! And I really did like the readers, especially how the male and female readers worked together. Great story, and romance, and the characters really came together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    I liked it.

    I love Jayne. I have pretty much read every book she has written. I liked this book. It wasn't her best but it was still good. I am really not a fan of having to jump form one centry to the next when reading a series of books though. I can't wait to read Sizzle and Burn.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    Wouldn't have missed it.

    The Arcane Society Novels never cease to please. they twist and turn and keep you guessing. I look forward to the next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008


    This had an intriguing plot and great characterization. Typical for Jayne Ann. I couldn't put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Not many people can resist a Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense

    The Arcane Society founded in Victorian times to promote research in parapsychology, identify psychics and use their talents for the benefits in society is in trouble today. Fallon Jones knows that a cabal is being formed to take over the Arcane Society and get the formula that enhances a person¿s psychic powers. One place the cabal is involved in is the company founded by Archer Glazebrook, a member of the society as are all the members of his family. Jake Salter an operative sent in to identify the cabal members is working undercover as a business consultant for Archer.----------- Clare Lancaster, the daughter Archer never knew he had, is summoned to her father¿s home and is offered a job heading up a philanthropic foundation. When she and Jake meet they know that each is a powerful psychic with intense training training. She is sensitive and a human lie detector and he is a hunter. Eight months ago Clare rescued her sister Elizabeth from her husband¿s murderous clutches and six months ago she was the one who found his murdered body. Now attempts are made on her life and she finds the body of Elizabeth¿s mother in law. They think the four murders and other incidents are linked to the cabal. Now all they have to do is prove it and find the mastermind behind the killings.-------------------- Not many people can resist a Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense. Readers who read her historicals written under the name Amanda Quick will be delighted to realize that the descendents of the characters in SECOND SIGHT are featured in WHITE LIES a tale filled with plenty of action, quirky psychically gifted characters and a powerful romantic sub-plot. Fans will look forward to more novels featuring the Arcane Society as they battle with the cabal.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    good second book in the series.

    The suspense was there for the whole book. It wasn't until the near end that I was aware who the murderer might be. It was a very enjoyable book in a enjoyable series so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    If you love delicious intrigue, love and justice in the end....

    I love intrigue, love, and that element that keeps me hanging on and turning those pages with urgency!!! Found it in here...not to mention a little spritual fulfillment on the side. Another fabulous page turner that completely won me over and I can't wait until the next book from this author!!! EXPLOSION IN PARIS by LINDA MASEMORE PIRRUNG blew me away!!! Check out the reviews!!! They hooked me big time!!!! If you love paranormal, I enjoyed Pirrung's book, I WILL WAIT FOR YOU as well!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    I love a good hero

    This is a great read that although selves into the supernatural, it is still very believable. The plot is good and with the main characters delving into murders and mayhem, they are not so meddlesome that the reader becomes annoyed with them. This is a great book to curl up on a rainy afternoon and escape. It is a good length but also does not drag anywhere. Great plot development and although these books are a series, there is enough reader information as to not feel left out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    What a Delicious Read...

    Well folks, she did it again. Jayne Ann Krentz has you up all night with book in hand. From the first line to the end of the Novel, you just can¿t put it down. So be prepared to give up on sleeping. I¿ve read Thousands of Novels, and when I run across something that has me turning pages with no concept of time, its Appreciated. The passion between Clare and Jake is steamy¿ You fall in Love with Jake and Clare. Clare with a Love of family and wanting to belong, but don¿t get me wrong, Clare can be pretty stubborn and will stand on her own and Jake is a powerful man with a protective streak that makes you just want to wrap yourself around him or him wrap himself around you. With both having extraordinary talents that may have you thinking about what the future could hold. So grab yourself a blanket, wrap up and read how the events unfold.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Second sight

    Amanda quick is historcal jayne castle is future jayne ann krentz is now these stories entertwine into the arcane society they are great reads sight sight written by amanda quick is the first white lies by jayne ann krentz sizzle and burn by jak the third circle aq running hot jak the. perfect poisen aq fired up jak burning lamp aq midnight crystals jc in too deepjak quicksilver aq

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Wouldn't miss a book in the Arcane Society Series. Recommend

    I look forward to any books written by this author. She just keeps getting better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Still awesome

    I have read this novel several times and enjoy it every time. The entire Arcane Society series is fun to read and anticipating the next steps in all of the mysteries are great.

    Clare and Jake make a great team. Ldooking forward to reading the rest of the series .....again and again.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    highly rcommend

    Great book for those who like Amanda Quick.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    read it

    Love the Arcane Society Series with the different authors writing them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    a must read

    Once hooked into the book, I couldn't put it down. Don't you hate books who leave you crying at the end ?? Not because of a sad story, but because you loved it so that you didn't want it to end !!
    This is one of those books.

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