Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
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Patricia A. Rasey
Class/Genre: Mystery Romantic Suspense
Dark Star, Jun 2001, $15.95, 297 pp.
Fairhaven Park is a suburb of Cleveland. The small town is a place where everyone feels safe because neighbors know one another. Everything changes when Lieutenant Cole Kincaid is awakened with the knowledge that a corpse has been found on the street.
At the crime scene, Cole realizes that the victim is a teenage hooker with a slashed throat and bite marks on the neck. The killer drank blood. Laurie Michaels wants a scoop, but Cole hates reporters almost as much as sociopaths due to an incident in his past. Soon the body count mounts and Laurie and Cole work together to uncover the identity of a killer even as passion explodes between them.
Patricia A. Rassey has written an exciting romantic thriller, but what makes this novel stand out among peers is the way the evidence points in one direction even with several viable suspects available. Readers will wonder if this is a clever misdirection or an in your face direct hit. The hero is a dark brooding Heathcliff while the heroine is a mature Pippi Longstocking. That combination along with a strong plot turns DEADLY OBSESSION into a winning tale.
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