by Max Gordon

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When New Hampshire-based freelance travel writer Katherine �Kit� McCormick reviews her life, she can only give it three stars out of five. Just a few years shy of fifty, she�s settled into a pleasant but all-too-predictable cadence�until a freak car accident catapults her out of her complacency and into the middle of a grisly murder. Then loathsome real estate mogul Richard Smith turns up dead, shot in Kit�s office.

As a vocal opponent of Smith�s plans to build a development on her beloved lake, Kit makes the shortlist of suspects. The local police, rookie Detective Kasey Chakarian and veteran Jack Walters, probe into Kit�s turbulent past. Their suspicions deepen when they learn of Kit�s stormy love relationship with Dana Chase, the dead man�s then-fianc�e, and her connections to Richard and Dana�s odd friends and family. Chakarian, newly promoted and eager to solve a big case in a small town, considers Dana Chase Smith the prime suspect, but as a closeted gay woman in a high-profile job in a male-dominated field, she�s leery of being seen by others, especially Walters, as sympathetic toward Kit.

Everything changes when there�s another murder. When Kit becomes the next target, she finds herself drawn deeper into the intrigue, and toward Detective Kasey Chakarian. Together they work to unravel the complicated knot of corruption, illicit liaisons, and shameful secrets, but every clue leads to further entanglements�and traps Kit in the killer�s deadly web.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149538300
Publisher:, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 889,334
File size: 334 KB

About the Author

Max Gordon has been writing since she could hold a crayon. Since earning her master�s degree in writing and publishing from USC, she�s worked in publishing, typesetting, marketing, design, and procrastinating. She has a son and a partner, and lives contentedly wherever there�s waterfront, WiFi, and great coffee.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the very first page and simply couldn't put it down. In Kit McCormick, Max Gordon has created an instantly likeable character who, unlike so many heroines of this genre, is funny without being stupid (ahem, Stephanie Plum), smart but not overly perfect (lookin' at you, Kay Scarpetta), and hell- she lives on an island. How cool is that? The writing is crisp and clean while the plot zips along to a satisfying finish that keeps you guessing until the end. A perfect beach-day read. I'm waiting impatiently for the next in the series!