With Malice

With Malice

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by Rachel Lee
     
 

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Both victims were women—but what could connect an elderly nanny and a young exotic dancer? As Karen discovers, the answer is Senator Grant Lawrence, presidential contender…and a man with secrets.

As she is drawn deeper into a world of lies and hidden motives, the one person Karen is half ready to trust is the senator himself, a man torn by grief

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Both victims were women—but what could connect an elderly nanny and a young exotic dancer? As Karen discovers, the answer is Senator Grant Lawrence, presidential contender…and a man with secrets.

As she is drawn deeper into a world of lies and hidden motives, the one person Karen is half ready to trust is the senator himself, a man torn by grief and guilt, trying to protect his children. Could he have committed such crimes?

And if not, then someone is trying to ruin him, and everyone around him is at risk—his children…and even Karen herself.

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Publishers Weekly
Veteran romance author Lee (aka Sue Civil-Brown) dishes up a messy platter of sex, lies and politics in her latest tale (after July Thunder), involving a double murder at the Tampa, Fla., home of Senator Grant Lawrence, a single dad and presidential hopeful. One victim is an exotic dancer who was romantically involved with Grant a few months earlier; the other is the senator's devoted 75-year-old nanny. Before the crime can be reported to the authorities, Grant's well-meaning aide removes the dancer's body, hoping to protect the senator from scandal. To homicide detective Karen Sweeney, the murder appears to be an interrupted burglary of the senator's files, which contain information on a controversial bill. Lots of folks would like to see the bill fail since it would have a negative financial impact on sugar cane growers in the Everglades, and it's up to Karen to find out who has the most to lose. Karen and Grant cruise the Washington, D.C., social scene, their attraction growing with every clue uncovered, but the situation escalates when Grant's two young daughters are kidnapped. The investigation takes a while to build up steam, and most of the secondary characters are merely fillers. Nevertheless, the protagonists are nicely delineated, and Lee succeeds in turning a dry topic-the creation of Senate bills-into a compelling source of conflict. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426883668
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
457,552
File size:
815 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Lee was hooked on writing by the age of twelve, and practiced her craft as she moved from place to place all over the United States. This New York Times bestselling author now resides in Florida and has the joy of writing full-time.

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With Malice 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tampa Homicide Detective Karen Sweeney is at the crime scene of a Jane Doe when the call comes in for her to change venues as a second murder at the estate of US Senator Grant Lawrence has been reported. Karen arrives at the second homicide scene where she finds the slashed throat of beloved elderly nanny Abigail Reese. Karen interviews Grant¿s special counsel Jerry Connally, who insists he was seeking papers for his boss when he found the corpse. Karen believes Jerry is hiding something. Jerry informed Grant that he removed a second victim, stripper Stacy, a former girlfriend of the Senator, from the estate to the alley where she is catalogued as Jane Doe. Grant returns to Tampa to help with the investigation into the murder of his beloved nanny, but feels guilty covering up Jerry¿s rash action. As Karen falls in love with Grant, he reciprocates her feelings. However, she believes he knows more about the case than he has told, but she has yet to find the smoking dress even as a killer wants to do more than just abort his presidential run. WITH MALICE is an exhilarating police procedural romance with political implications that readers of the three genres will enjoy, but requires acceptance from fans that an ¿amateur¿ could successfully remove a corpse from a crime scene. Karen is a good cop while Grant is an intriguing politician who compromises on some items, but refuses to budge on loyalty to those he loves even if it costs him the White House. The mystery, political thriller, and romance audiences will take immense pleasure Rachel Lee¿s suspenseful novel. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
When presidential hopeful Senator Grant Laurence's life is impacted by two murders, agent Karen Sweeney is called in to find out who is trying to ruin the Senator's life. She had not planned on falling for the charismatic politician, but that is what happens. However, the two will have to let their sizzling attraction take second place to the deadly situation that brought them together. A killer is out there, one with a very personal grudge against Grant, and Karen is his only hope of survival, not only for himself, but for his two little girls and their innocence. As the plot moves to its breathtaking conclusion, secrets and lies must be untangled, or two sweet children will die. ***** Once again, Rachel Lee proves why she is among the reigning queens of romantic suspense. In this novel, guaranteed to appeal to fans of such dramas as CSI, 24, etc., readers are taken on a roller coaster ride of tangled lives and murder. From page one until the end, the action races along with high tension. Even men could enjoy this one, so intense is the drama. Grant is a truly outstanding hero, both ruthless and compassionate, with his first thought ever being his daughters' well being. Karen could be a precursor of Eve Dallas, a savy and capable woman who is never cowed by the danger in which she lives. Polictics and passion interweave so skillfully that you feel you are reading a true story. ***** REVIEWER: AMANDA KILLGORE