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A former hippie with a sordid past finds herself with a man not her spouse. (The lady served as part of the pot in a low stakes poker game.) That and a soon-to-be discovered corpse help set the stage and provide the motivation for Peace Man's heroine, Mairina Douglas (AKA Hope). 

Book cover, Margaret L. Riley, Peace ManAnd what of Sam Waters? Cop? Yes, of course. A biker named Spike? Well, extenuating circumstances cover that. Psychic dreams? That too, but again, these deal with Mairina and her life threatening situations. Hero? Oh, yes. Sexy too -- and a father unawares. 

A novel of romantic suspense, Peace Man delivers both romance and suspense in large quantities. Fifteen years prior to the novel's events, Mairina's husband suffered a fatal accident. Hugely pregnant and knowing no one will believe the accidental nature of his death, she disposed of the body and their old truck by sending both over the back side of a mountain. 

Now, the state plans to build a highway through that portion of the mountain -- a mountain Mairina owns. What will happen to Mairina, to her daughter, when the body comes to light? Certainly not what I expected. 

The plot twists, turns back on itself, leaps sideways and adds new dimensions to the suspense -- but in my opinion, not quite flawlessly. I loved the book, enjoyed it immensely, but I hated some of the author's stylistic ploys. The ploys explored new territory, but they also distanced me from the plot. Or maybe I just dislike flashbacks.  

However, I would hate for anyone to miss a great read because my opinion of flashbacks turned them aside. Peace Man deserves better. 

Patricia White

Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the contemporary PS, I've Taken a Lover, is available from Lionhearted Books . The Wandering Troll, an electronic magazine, began serializing her novel Prophecy Be Damned in April 2000.

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