Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Unmanned by Lois Greiman

Lois Greiman
Bantam Dell
October 30, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-440-24362-5

Psychologist Christina McMullen thinks she’s living a cautious life until a handsome stranger shows up at her door and is shot before her eyes. Lieutenant Jack Rivera is soon by her side, but that won’t stop the bullets from flying. Rivera’s investigation shows that the deceased, Will Swanson, had a list of aliases and a record that went with it. He could easily have enemies of his own, but they can’t be sure who the intended target was.

When Christina’s brother, Pete, shows up for a visit, things take a turn for the worse. Pete’s wedding is quickly approaching, and his pregnant fiancée has no idea the trouble he’s in. It seems that Pete has upset a few people along the way, and the hit that someone is so intent on completing could just as easily be aimed at him. Christina sets out to help Pete clean up his mess of a life, starting with a large gambling debt, but the danger continues to show up at every turn. If they don’t discover the cause of the trouble soon, there may not be a wedding.

Unmanned is non-stop action and suspense. McMullen and Rivera can’t catch a break when it comes to having a relationship, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. Someone seems to want the doctor dead, and Rivera’s doing his best to prevent that from happening. Ms. Greiman spices up this entertaining and amazingly fast-moving suspense with witty banter and enough sexual tension to scorch the pages. A mystery with plenty of suspects to keep even the cleverest of readers guessing to the end.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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