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Hard Shell Word Factory (ebook);
ISBN: 1-58200-073-5 
Romance writer Dani Gwynne wants someone to take her last year -- please! First she witnesses her brother-in-law kill his mistress. Then, her brother-in-law's pals in organized crime hire an ex-C.I.A. analyst with a taste for ritual assassinations to kill her before she can testify. 

Over eight months of protective custody, Dani gives up her privacy, her standards and too many of her reasons for living. But when the assassin makes a charnel house out of Dani's Denver safe house, the romance writer wrests back control of her life by taking control of her own plot. 

It's enough to drive a mad killer even crazier, not to mention what it does to hunky Matt Kirby and the other U. S. Marshals assigned to locate Dani and get her to the trial on time. The trails of pursuers and pursued criss-cross Denver, the Internet and each other in a tense, dizzying whirl as neatly plotted as the best French farce. And like all the best farces, the plot literally explodes in your hands just when you think it's about to wind down. 

A gifted comic writer, in The Last Enemy Pauline Jones shows how little separates good comedy from great suspense. Suspense and comedy thrive on precision timing, imminent disaster and constant surprise. The Last Enemy delivers all three, topped with a generous helping of great characters. 

Dani's wry and intelligently daft point of view suck you in from the very first paragraph. By the time she sees her hip bones "for the first time in years" and decides they aren't as good as she remembers, you're hooked, rooting for her against all the nightmares and bad guys trying to bring her down. 

Matt Kirby takes longer to charm. The "lonesome lawman" treads perilously close to cliché until Jones turns his page and shows his past. But Jones goes beyond that to achieve something far more difficult. In the same way she links comedy and suspense, Jones shows how closely hero and villain can mirror each other without ever tipping the balance in favor of the bad guy. 

Which leaves this reviewer with just one problem -- how do you translate "not-to-be-read-before-bedtime, compulsive page-turner" into Ebook? 

Jean Marie Ward

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