- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 102mm x 173mm x 28mm | 245g
- Publication date: 1 August 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553272837
- ISBN 13: 9780553272833
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 13,226
After a demanding book tour, superstar mystery novelist Grace McCabe decides to visit her sister, Kathleen, who's embroiled in a custody battle after a bitter divorce. Arriving in D.C., Grace is shocked to find Kathleen living in a run-down neighborhood and, hoping to afford a hotshot lawyer, supplementing her meager teacher's salary by moonlighting as a phone sex operator. According to Kathleen, Fantasy, Inc., guarantees its employees ironclad anonymity. But Grace has her doubts--which are confirmed one horrifying cherry-blossom-scented night when one of Fantasy, Inc.'s operators is murdered. As Grace is drawn to help solve the crime, her life turns into a scene from one of her own books. Yet as one of her biggest fans, investigator Ed Jackson, warns her: This isn't fiction. Real people die--and Grace could be next. For she's setting a trap for a killer more twisted than anything she could imagine. And not even Ed may be able to protect her from a rendezvous with lust and death.
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Nora Roberts was the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. The "New York Times "bestselling author of such novels as "Sweet Revenge "and" Divine Evil," she has become one of today's most successful and best-loved writers. Nora Roberts lives with her family in Maryland.
Praise for #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Nora Roberts: "Her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers."--"Entertainment Weekly " "You can't bottle wish-fulfillment, but Nora Roberts certainly knows how to put it on the page." --"The New York Times""" "Roberts is indeed a word artist, painting her stories and her characters with vitality and verve."--"Los Angeles Daily News"
From Nora Roberts, the #1 "New York Times bestselling author of The Villa and Carolina Moon, comes a classic tale -- a searing novel of twisted passion and lethal cunning, available in hardcover for the first time. Superstar mystery novelist Grace McCabe needs to unwind after a grueling book tour, and visiting her sister, whom she hasn't seen in months, seems the perfect solution. But Grace is surprised to find the fastidious Kathleen living in a grungy Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Kathleen, reeling from a bitter divorce and the loss of her son, is saving every penny of her teacher's salary to hire a hotshot lawyer for a custody battle. Then Grace discovers that Kathleen is boosting her income with an unlikely profession: as an at-home phone-sex operator. Known as Desiree to the clients of Fantasy, Inc., Kathleen is living life on the edge. Yet how dangerous could it really be? With the ironclad anonymity the agency guarantees its employees, could anyone ever track her down? Grace finds out one cherry-blossom-scented night when she comes home to find her sister dead, strangled with the cord of her "special" phone. Suddenly Grace's life turns into a scene from one of her own books -- the horror, the tight-lipped police, the shattered survivor. Only this time the survivor is Grace herself. But she isn't waiting around for the police to catch up with the killer. Instead she creates a daring trap to lure the killer to her. Her plan goes against every coolheaded instinct of Detective Ed Jackson, the lead investigator on the case. He's read all of Grace's books and might have been the perfect consultant for the one she's working on, though in this real-life murder, she'sthe last complication he needs. He's determined to keep Grace out of harm's way, but it's too late. Her trap has already worked. She has aroused the attention of a brilliant madman, and now nothing may be able to protect her from the murderous lust that drives this killer down a path of ecstasy laced with death. "From the Hardcover edition.