RECKLESS ABANDON by Sharon Singer Salinger


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Love conquers all in a slightly raunchy novel in which mystery and romance battle it out for prominence. Three lively divorc‚es--gorgeous artist Nell, local newspaperwoman Lily, wealthy and never-manless Kit--are immediately smitten when they first see Nell's new neighbor--a mystery man with a dog. But does he have something to do with a local drug-smuggling ring; the disappearance of a suspected smuggler; the murder of Officer Banks; the other murder of lingerie-shop owner Claudia McKee? Though dependant on her nice, stable fianc‚ Paul, Nell is drawn to the dashing mystery man, even when Dugan, a self-proclaimed federal agent, is clearly tailing him. Meanwhile, Paul abruptly leaves for a new job in Luxembourg (he never arrives); Lily's son plays snoop and is kidnapped; and Lily herself seems to be in cahoots with the enigmatic Mr. Mystery Man--who turns out to be the dead Claudia's first husband, a man she bled dry while he toiled nobly for several major ecology groups (Greenpeace et al.). A boat ride at gunpoint resolves one set of crimes (industrial dumping leading to murder), while a mailed confession explains another (drug smuggling). The women and their lusts are amusingly diverting, but the plotting jettisons common sense early on, with not much left to interest detection fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1989
Publisher: Simon & Schuster