When Erin MacKenna's high school canoe float is disrupted by an earthquake separating her group from the main party, she and a younger teen stumble on men burying a murder victim, are kidnapped and held prisoner by known human traffickers, drug dealers and racketeers. Her father, architect Patrick MacKenna, must neglect his earthquake-stricken clients and drop everything to rescue her. He fears Erin, under constant guard and the threat of exploitation and shame, will bond with her captors in a self-imposed prison. For her own secret reason, Erin can't trust him and feels her least risky road to self-preservation is through cooperation with her dreaded captors and reliance on her trusted friends for rescue. Only if she and her young protégé can escape and father and daughter can reconcile will they be able to capture her tormentors and restore order both to their own lives and to their tremor-ravaged city.
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Fatal Designs: A Patrick MacKenna Mystery based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Suspenseful coming-of-age story! In this action-packed sequel to CRIMES OF DESIGN, architect and sometime-detective Patrick MacKenna not only has to worry about the seedier elements trying to take over the city, but his rebellious daughter. At eighteen, Erin MacKenna thinks her father is overly protective when he refuses to let her go on a float trip she helped organize. She goes anyway, and a series of disasters greater than he ever predicted place Erin and another girl in grave danger. The trip intended to expose inner city girls to nature and a different way of life instead teaches Erin some streetwise survival skills. Erin wrestles with her feelings for her first lover as she takes the initial steps toward independence among drug-dealing strangers who exploit women and kill those who stand in their way. She learns to value her father’s protectiveness, while facing the life-altering consequences of her own actions.