Fired by the TV station that got sued for libel when she refused to reveal a source, a Boston reporter gets thrown into the even more dangerous shark tank of a U.S. Senate campaign.
Jane Ryland knew perfectly well that grocery magnate Arthur Vick was the client who’d reneged on all the high-flown promises he’d made call-girl Sellica Darden. But when Vick won a $1 million judgment from Channel 11 and Sellica vanished, her boss threw her under the train. Now that Jane’s old rival, Boston Register city editor Alex Wyatt, has snapped her up, the first thing he wants her to do is identify the source she wouldn’t identify in court. No deal. So Alex sends her into the jaws of ex-governor Owen Lassiter’s senatorial campaign to get an interview with Lassiter’s reclusive wife, Moira. At first Moira hides behind the likes of campaign mogul Trevor Kiernan and consultant Rory Maitland; then she puts Jane off. When she finally talks, though, what she says is explosive: She thinks the candidate is carrying on an affair. In fact, he’s in much deeper trouble than his wife realizes. Two different beauties, volunteer Kenna Wilkes and groupie Holly Neff, are plotting at cross-purposes to get close to him for their own nefarious ends. Someone sabotages one of his campaign rallies in far-off Springfield. Skeletons from the candidate’s past prepare to leap from their closets. Back in the present, Detective Jake Brogan, Jane’s friend and not-quite-lover, tangles with reporters convinced that the second young woman’s corpse found near a bridge means the city is harboring a serial killer.
More of everything you read thrillers for—two unrelated stalkers, four unrelated killers (along with diverse non-homicidal malefactors) and enough plot twists for a pretzel factory. Readers who love too much of a good thing will look forward to the promised series from Ryan (Drive Time, 2010, etc.).