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250 pages, ebook
First published January 1, 2006
I felt like my life had suddenly become an episode of Law & Order: Special Blonde's Unit. This week our fashionable, but oh-so-impractically dressed blonde stumbles onto a dead body while searching for her embezzling boyfriend who flew the coop as Maddie's monthly visitor refuses to make an appearance.Maddie's lawyer boyfriend Richard vanishes abruptly, twenty million dollars that his client Devon Greenway embezzled from his company--doubtless with Richard's knowledge--also disappear, and Greenway's wife is murdered. Is Richard dead too, or is he a fugitive like Mr. Greenway? Maddie wouldn't be quite so frantic to find Richard if she hadn't just discovered her period is late, and her terror of pregnancy makes her botch test after test for a touch of slapstick along the way.
Not to mention the hunky lead of the series, Detective Jack Ramirez. He was danger with a capital "D."
I was being proactive. Yes, proactive. That sounded so much better than "interfering in an investigation." Besides, if I just stayed in the car I wasn't really interfering at all. Just spying.Naturally, it becomes clearer and clearer that her boyfriend is not only in trouble but is not at all as he seems; Maddie is increasingly troubled by this but still has real feelings for him, and that carries much of the story. A romance gone wrong? Stay tuned and find out.
It was unnerving to think of someone being here and then suddenly not being here. Like at any moment I could not be here. Again I had the creepy feeling of being the dimwitted blonde in the horror movie who the entire audience knows will end up getting chased across the lawn in her underwear by the ax murderer at the end of act two.The scenes with Jasmine, the forbidding receptionist at the law offices, were quite well drawn but got a bit tedious after a while as a running joke. And other secondary characters, like the motel keeper or Dana's roommate No Neck, stayed as caricatures.