At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .
M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.
Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.
Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter. A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he’ll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance. It’s been almost a year since she arrived at her sister’s home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance’s sick assault.
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay. And no one–not even the infamous Luke Brodie–is going to stop her.
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INTO THE FIRESTORM
Once both of them had finished eating, Luke shoved his plate aside and leaned against the back of the booth. His gaze came to rest on her face.
“It’s quiet in here. If we’re going to catch Vance, I’m going to need all the information I can get. You ready to tell me what happened the day the housekeeper was murdered and Vance attacked your niece for the second time?”
Emma tossed her napkin onto the table and sat back, too. “I knew you’d ask me sooner or later. I’m surprised you waited this long.”
“I figured I’d give you a break. A lot’s been going on.”
A lot. Like another brutal murder. Like Luke spending the night in her bed–and morning. She sighed, resigned to telling the story one more painful time.
“My sister April met Rudolph Vance through one of her girlfriends. She and her friend Carrie are both dental hygienists–apparently Rudy is meticulous about keeping his teeth clean. One day April went by Carrie’s office to pick her up for lunch and Rudy had just finished his cleaning. He was attractive, only a few years older than April. I guess they got to talking.”
“I can see where a woman would find Vance appealing, at least on the surface.”
“My sister is very pretty. Rudy must have thought so, too.”
“She’s your sister. I’m not surprised.”
Emma looked up at him. “She’s blond and blue-eyed like our mother was.”
“Was? Your mom’s dead?”
“Small plane crash five years ago. Both she and my father were killed.”
“I’m sorry, Em, that’s rough.”
An understatement. Those were the worst days of her life–until Rudolf Vance. “At any rate, Rudy asked April to accompany him to a charity event, some kind of Heart Association dinner. April said he was a big contributor.”
“Rudy knows which palms to grease. The mayor is on the board of directors. He did a lot of favors for Rudy. Knowing whose pocket to climb into was one of the ways Rudy was able to stay under the radar so long.”
“He must be a pretty smooth operator. April said she enjoyed herself, looked forward to seeing him again. A couple of days later, he called, and she invited him over for supper. That’s where he met Ginny.”
Emma bit her lip as unwanted memories crashed in.
“Just take your time,” Luke said gently. “You don’t have to hurry.”
She took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “From the day Ginny was born, there was something different about her, something sweet and endearing. The moment Rudy saw her, he was enthralled. Of course now we know Ginny looks exactly like his stepsister, Cissy.”
Luke’s features darkened. “I can’t wait to get my hands around that sick fuck’s neck.”
“Sorry, go ahead.”
“April sensed something was wrong. She said she didn’t like the way Rudy was looking at her daughter. When he called for another date, she turned him down.”
“She was done with Rudy, but two days later, while she was at work and Ginny was in her bedroom alone, Rudy broke into the house. He forced Ginny down on the bed and raped her. He used a condom. There was no DNA, and since he’d been in the house before, his fingerprints wouldn’t hold up as evidence. It was Ginny’s word against his, a teenager against a man who could afford the best criminal lawyer in Seattle.”
“Elliott Markham,” Luke said. “Markham tried to make it look like his client was the victim. He claimed April was using Ginny to extort Vance for money. Rudy was released on a three million dollar bond.”
“That’s right. He was out, free to do more of his evil. Three days before his court date, he went back to the house and tried to rape Ginny again. Eleanor managed to stop him, but in the process Vance killed her.” Emma’s eyes filled as the horror replayed in her head. “Vance escaped. The police believe he left the country. You know the rest.”
Luke reached across the table and caught her hand, gave it a gentle squeeze and didn’t let go. “I know how hard that was for you. Thank you for telling me.”
Emma just nodded. She hoped it would help in some way. She hadn’t wanted to talk about it, but now that she had, she felt as if a little of her burden had been lifted.
“Let’s go.” Luke stood up from the table and pulled Emma to her feet. He paid the bill; they left the café, and took off in the Bronco.
“So what’s our next move?” Emma asked as the battered old Ford rolled down the road toward the ferry terminal.
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.
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