DEAD HEAT by Caroline Carver


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Intrepid Aussie survives torture, a plane crash, hungry crocs, and two men who cause heart palpitations.

When Georgia Parrish’s had enough of revisiting the outback for her granddad’s funeral, she fords a rain-swollen stream, hauls out two drenched travelers—exquisite Suzie Wilson and rugged, scarred Len Denham—and heads with them for the next plane out, which promptly blows up, killing the pilot and Suzie. Did someone have it in for one of the passengers, or for the no-show Ronnie Chen? Georgia’s barely out of the hospital before a gaggle of Chinese gentlemen abduct her, demand Suzie’s fanny-pack, chop off her ring finger when she resists, whack her mum around, and promise to kill her in seven days unless Georgia gives them what they want. Local copper Daniel Carter, a nasty tempered widower who was Georgia’s childhood crush, tries to help her but seems more interested in finding Len, who may be in cahoots with the Red Bamboo Gang. Who to trust, Daniel or Len? While Georgia dithers, bullets fly, crocodiles chomp at her heels, and the messy plot whizzes from Yumuru’s Lotus Healing Center in remote Nulgarro to Suzie’s brother’s research plant in Brisbane. It all ends with a sated croc, Georgia’s hippie mum ohming away placidly, and a redeemed hero sending Georgia a plane ticket to join him in Barbados.

Georgia’s one busy gal, and Carver (Blood Junction, 2002) just loves slathering her in hyperbole.

Pub Date: March 9th, 2004
ISBN: 0-89296-778-1
Page count: 380pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2004