Innocent as Sin (St. Kilda Series #2)

Innocent as Sin (St. Kilda Series #2)

by Elizabeth Lowell

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The New York Times bestelling queen of of romantic suspense—an author hailed as “a cut above”* returns with an exceptional thriller packed with her trademark combination of passion, danger, and intrigue

Throwing himself into his painting, Rand McCee wishes the swirls of light and color can erase the memory of his beloved brother’s murder. On a scouting assignment for St. Kilda Consulting, a Manhattan-based, global business that concentrates on the shadow world where governments can’t go, Rand’s twin was shot in cold blood before Rand’s eyes.

Finally coming to terms with the fact that he will never be able to find the man responsible—a mysterious figure known as “The Siberian”—Rand just wants to forget. But as he soon learns, the past won’t let him. . . .

Helping a rich socialite finance an art exhibition, Arizona banker Kayla Shawn has unwittingly become entangled in a deadly web of lies and deceit involving money laundering. When her employer tries to buy her silence, Kayla knows she’s in way over her head, with only one way out: Rand.

Though their attraction is instant and intense, it’s not enough to overcome their mutual suspicion. Somehow Kayla and Rand must learn to work together to unmask a terrifying enemy before they land in jail—or the grave.



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ISBN-13: 9780060829841
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Series: St. Kilda Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 255,640
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Education:

B. A., University of California, 1966

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By Elizabeth Lowell

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Copyright © 2007 Elizabeth Lowell
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ISBN: 9780061259302

Chapter One

Africa Late March

Wearing dirty camouflage gear, boots, and insect repellent, Rand McCree crouched behind the tattered grass blind. His camera's extreme-long-distance lens filled the hole cut in the loosely woven grass. Even though the sun was barely above the eastern horizon, Rand was sweating. He didn't notice it. In the Demo cratic Republic of Camgeria, whether it was tropical coastland or scrubby interior, men sweated. It was how they knew they were alive.

Through the camera lens Rand watched the rebels—or freedom fighters, depending on your politics—wait next to heavy trucks parked just off the south end of the miserable, barely scraped dirt strip that passed for a runway in this part of Africa.

Next to him, his twin jerked, kicking the AK-47 lying between the two men.

"Settle down," Rand said softly. "The plane will be along eventually."

"Something bit me," Reed muttered.

"Are your shots current?"

"Yeah."

"Then what are you bitching about?"

"I feel like a bush blood bank."

Rand smiled. "You are."

"How did I let you talk me into this?"

"Me? You were the one going on about a lifetime opportunity to get a picture of the most dangerous, mysterious arms trader since—"

"Yeah, yeah," Reed interrupted. "Don't remind me."

"Not more than twice a day."

"More than that. At least twice since—"

"Quiet."

Reed shut up and heard the whining growl of turboprops. He raised his powerful binoculars and began searching the dusty sky in the direction of the sound.

"Got him," he said to his twin. "Coming in at three o'clock, flying low. And I mean low." He whistled softly through his teeth. "That's a ballsy pi lot. Or a drunk. His gear is raking leaves."

"Just one of the problems of flying without filing a flight plan." Rand concentrated on getting the unmarked, unlighted Ilyushin Il-4 in focus as it approached the dirt strip. "Keep an eye on the countryside. We don't want to explain what we're doing here."

"Nobody would ask," Reed said. "They'd just shoot us."

"Like I said—"

"He's going straight in," Reed interrupted, excitement in his voice. "You got him?"

"Yeah. Watch that you don't flash sunlight off your binocular lenses."

"Kiss mine. We're going to nail the Siberian's baby-killing ass."

Rand grinned. The thing about having an identical twin was that he was . . . identical. You talked to each other because you could. But it wasn't necessary. He'd do what you'd do in his place.

No thought required.

The plane leaped into focus. No insignia. No numbers. No identifying marks at all.

Surprise, surprise.

Silently Rand went to work.



Continues...

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