High Noon

By Nora Roberts

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara came across her calling at an early age while an risky guy broke into her family's domestic, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's most sensible hostage negotiator, defusing powderkeg events with a expertise for figuring out while to provide in-and while to leap in and take motion. it truly is pleasurable work-and occasionally these abilities turn out to be useful at domestic facing her agoraphobic mom, nonetheless traumatized through the break-in in any case those years, and her precocious seven-year-old, Carly.

It's precisely that heady mix of steely braveness and sensitivity that first draws Duncan quick to Phoebe. After watching her coax certainly one of his staff down from a roof ledge, he's dedicated to holding this exciting, take-charge girl in his lifestyles. She's used to operating solo, yet Phoebe's getting to know that no quantity of negotiation can retain Duncan at arm's size.

And while she's grabbed by means of a guy who throws a hood over her head and brutally attacks her-in her personal precinct house-Phoebe can not help yet be deeply shaken. Then threatening messages appear on her doorstep, and she's not only alarmed yet annoyed. How do you move face-to-face with an opponent who refuses to appear you within the eye?

Now, with Duncan backing her up each step of ways, she needs to determine touch with the faceless tormentor who's made up our minds to make her a hostage to worry . . . sooner than she turns into the ultimate showdown.

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I’ll stroll you in your motor vehicle. ” “It’ll be a hike. It’s within the store. I’m catching a CAT. ” “Jeez. I’ll force you. Don’t be silly, ’cause you’re now not. ” He took her arm with one hand, signaled a see you later to the bar with the opposite in order to the door. “You’re the second one guy who’s provided me a experience this night. ” “Oh yeah? ” “The first concerned hopping onto the handlebars of his motorcycle. As I instructed him, I don’t brain the bus. ” “Take you simply as lengthy to stroll to the bus cease because it will for us to stroll to the lot down right here. and that i can promise you a smoother trip domestic. ” He glanced down at her. “Nice evening for a force. ” “I’m in basic terms up on Jones. ” “One of my favourite streets within the urban. ” He strolled now, sliding his hand down her arm to hyperlink it with hers. “So’s this one. ” And right here she used to be in the end, Phoebe idea, half a pair wandering on River highway, hand in hand. His was once hot, the palm tough and vast. this sort of hand, she imagined, which could wrench the pinnacle off a pickle jar, trap a fly ball or cup a woman’s breast with equivalent ease. His legs have been lengthy, his stride unfastened and lazy. a guy, Phoebe judged, who knew how one can take his time whilst he desired to. “Nice evening for a stroll, too, particularly alongside the river,” he commented. “I need to get domestic. ” “So you stated. no longer chilly, are you? ” “No. ” He walked into the lot, hailing the attendant. “How you doing there, Lester? ” “Doing what comes, boss. night, ma’am. ” A invoice handed from hand at hand so easily Phoebe approximately ignored it. Then she used to be status, watching a glowing white Porsche. “No handlebars. ” Duncan shrugged, grinned, then opened the door for her. “I’m pressured to confess this may be larger than the bus—or Johnnie Porter’s Schwinn. ” “You like autos? ” “If you’d requested me couple hours in the past, I’d have given you many the explanation why vehicles and that i are on nonspeaking phrases at the moment. ” She brushed a quit the facet of the buttery leather-based seat. “But i love this one simply effective. ” “Me, too. ” He didn’t force like a maniac, which she’d half-expected, and needed to admit had half-hoped. He did force, even though, like a guy who knew town the way in which she knew her personal bedroom—every corner and cranny. She gave him the tackle and permit herself benefit from the type of trip she’d by no means imagined experiencing. while he pulled up in entrance of her apartment, she set free a protracted sigh. “Very great. thanks. ” “My excitement. ” He acquired out, skirting the hood to take her hand back at the sidewalk. “Great apartment. ” “It is, definite. ” There it used to be, she idea, rosy brick, white trim, tall home windows, swish terraces. Hers, even if she loved it or no longer. “Family domestic, kinfolk responsibility. lengthy tale. ” “Why don’t you inform me approximately it over dinner the following day evening? ” whatever in her actively yearned whilst she became towards him. “Oh, Duncan, you’re exceedingly lovely, and you’re wealthy, and you’ve bought a truly horny motor vehicle. I’m simply now not capable of commence a courting. ” “Are you able to devour dinner? ” She laughed, shook her head as he walked together with her as much as the parlor point. “Several nights every week, based. ” “You’re a public servant.

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