A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.
Kate Brady began writing fiction when her doctoral research became tedious. For years, she wrote in the closet, penning several novels that—thankfully—remain there. Now, she leads a double life. Some days, she’s a choral conductor and professor of music education. Other days, she plays with imaginary people on her computer.
Kate lives in Atlanta with her husband, two children, and an array of furry, feathery, and scaly things. When she has time to read, her nose is most often found in a police story or gourmet cooking magazine! She is currently working on her next novel.
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AUTHOR GUEST POST WITH KATE BRADY:
My new release, Last to Die (September 2010, Grand Central Publishing) had two entirely different births. I first met its hero, Mitch Sheridan, years ago when I tried my hand at writing a romance. I had been writing historical sagas, in secret and without any intention of ever letting anyone read them, and when I ventured out of that genre to read my first contemporary romance, I arrogantly decided to try to write one. That’s when Mitch Sheridan was born.
He was a great romantic hero but his story was terrible! The good thing that came out of it—aside from pushing me into this century—was that I met his brother, Neil, in that book. About the same time, I read my first suspense/cop story, and arrogantly decided to try to write one of those. (Do you get the feeling that I lacked direction?) That effort became One Scream Away—the first book I sold and recent RITA® award winner.
When I was editing Neil’s story in One Scream Away, I knew I wanted to return to the hero who started it all—Mitch. Now firmly entrenched in the genre of romantic suspense, I took him out of the romance I had written for him, gave him a kickbutt heroine and a ruthless villain, and wrote Last to Die. Mitch Sheridan was born again.
People often ask about the writing process. For me, it’s pretty simple: I start with a villain doing something pretty heinous and a few givens: (a) There will be a high body count, (b) There will be a man and a woman who aren’t lovers yet but soon will be, and (c) They will have to catch the bad guy and then live happily ever after. Otherwise, I don’t know anything. I sit down at the computer and follow the characters around and write down whatever they do and say. It sounds crazy, I know, but that’s the way the first draft happens. Then the real work begins. Once I’ve gotten to the end and discovered what the story really is, I have to go back and rewrite it accordingly!
Like many writers, I don’t know what the future holds. I am working on my next book now to start a new connected series, and yes, I think I have many more to tell. I just have to hope luck will continue to be with me, allowing me to raise my family, maintain my career as a music professor (part-time now), and indulge in writing and publishing stories along the way!
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I remembered reading One Scream Away by Kate Brady as soon as I saw this book, and had to read it. I rather enjoyed what I had read previously from the author.
This book didn't disappoint me either. It was amazing through to the end.
I like Dani Cole, the female cop in the story. She's also the main character. She's strong, admirable and when you get through her wall, she's sensitive. It was nice watching the layers peel back gradually as the plot thickened.
All around a terrific read! I can't wait to read more from this author.
Definitely on my recommendation list!
~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~