A consultant and a psychiatrist are involved in a matter of life or death.
Michelle Hallam, who has dual U.S. and U.K. citizenship, runs the consulting agency she inherited from her uncle, a former British spy, from both New York and Washington, D.C. After a meeting on the Riviera with Dr. Daniel Reiner sparks instant sexual attraction, the two meet again in New York when Michelle refers her client Nora Parker to him. Nora is suffering from depression after the mysterious disappearance of her husband James Parker, reportedly a suicide. The CIA, claiming that he was merely a clerk who ran off with another woman, refuses to give Michelle any information. Although Michelle pretends to be hard and cold to avoid any attachments, Daniel, warm and caring, refuses to give up. He becomes involved with both Mrs. Parker’s treatment and Michelle’s hunt for the truth. Parker’s friend, a professor who works for the CIA and the NSA, tells Michelle that James was an important spy. Michelle’s interest in the case provokes dangerous counter-interests. Not only is she harassed by both agencies, but she and Daniel are targeted for death by a dangerous Eastern European assassin. Michelle refuses to quit even when one of her assistants is killed. She and Daniel find themselves in a number of hair-raising situations before they can discover the truth.
Veteran Seewald, who’s written a number of mysteries and thrillers (The Truth Sleuth, 2011, etc.), this time offers plenty of sex and not much else.