Series: The Finnegan Connection
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue (January 17, 2017)
Trust the enemy?
Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man… and he’s holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor’s eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?
Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can’t let Kody die. He won’t. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.
About Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She’s a winner of the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers’ Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites:TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com,eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook, Twitter andYouTube.
Crystal Manor was built by Jimmy Crystal in the early 1900s on a small spot of ground that was actually above sea level in Florida, a somewhat unique area considering it bordered the Florida Everglades which is a huge swamp below sea level. He opened it as a fishing camp, but over the next decade it became a hot spot for the rich and famous. In 1930 Jimmy Crystal disappeared at sea. The notorious gangster, Anthony Greene, took over the property, making it the home base of his illegal activities. When Anthony was killed at his own nightclub in Miami, the house reverted to a distant family member, Daniel Cameron.
He and his family managed the manor, turning it into a state landmark, a museum, and a hotel. Daniel’s daughter, Kody, and her siblings had grown up there while it was being restored. She and her siblings would play cops, gangsters, and G-Men on the estate. Now as Kody is sitting in the old guardhouse she almost laughs when a man wearing a rubber mask accosts her. She quickly learns this isn’t a game of cops and gangsters as the man in the mask points a gun at her and orders her to move into the main house. Upon entry into the manor she finds the guests and the employees being held hostage in the music room by men dressed up as notorious gangsters from the past.
Their purpose for taking over the manor? To find the rumored stash of gems, gold, and money that Anthony Green hid while living in the manor. People have searched for it, but never found it. Dillinger leads the gunmen and he knows Kody knows the manor inside and out and also has read all of the journals kept there from the past. Dillinger plans to have Kody decipher the journals and lead him and his motley crew of gangsters to the treasure. Dillinger’s search for the loot becomes increasingly dangerous as people are murdered, her parents are kidnapped, and a dangerous hunt goes on through the Everglades in search of the treasure.
I am so not a romance book lover by any means, but Law and Disorder is a Harlequin book. However, it is in the their sub-genre of Intrigue. And true to its cover, this was a good read involving mystery, suspense, and murder. There were very few romantic interludes described and with minimal detail. The plot was well-planned out and it was nice to see Kody use her head. She made a gutsy heroine. I actually learned from this novel about an Indian tribe that lives in the area, the Miccosukee. I had never heard of this tribe before, and the Everglades (more than I learned watching CSI Miami.) Did you know that the appearance of the swampland is ever changing?
I would give this novel 4 of 5 stars. It was a quick, an interesting and entertaining read. I definitely would not have picked this book up on my own so I would like to thank TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this book in exchange for an honest review. I guess one would call this book a “beach read.” Whether or not you are at the beach, I think you would find this book to be an enjoyable way to spend some time.
Heather Graham’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, January 17th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Wednesday, January 18th: A Holland Reads
Thursday, January 19th: Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, January 20th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, January 24th: Mama Vicky Says
Wednesday, January 25th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Friday, January 27th: Books and Spoons
Monday, January 30th: A Bookaholic Swede – excerpt
Tuesday, January 31st: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Wednesday, February 1st: Stranded in Chaos
Friday, February 3rd: Staircase Wit
Monday, February 6th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – excerpt
Monday, February 6th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, February 8th: Dog Eared Daydreams
Friday, February 10th: Not in Jersey
Monday, February 13th: Becky on Books
Wednesday, February 15th: Reading Reality