cover image Dark Tribute

Dark Tribute

Iris Johansen. St. Martin’s, $28.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-07588-8

Fans of paranormal romantic suspense will welcome bestseller Johansen’s engrossing 24th Eve Duncan novel (after 2018’s Shattered Mirror). After performing in Charlotte, N.C., Cara Delaney, whom many consider “the most brilliant violinist to come along since Yehudi Menuhin,” flies to Atlanta for a fundraiser. Atlanta is also the home of her guardians—Eve, “one of the foremost forensic sculptors in the world,” and Eve’s husband, Det. Joe Quinn (ex-SEAL, ex-FBI)—and the couple’s precocious 10-year-old son, Michael, whose telepathic powers allow him to communicate with others across long distances. Cara checks into a hotel where she knows Jock Gavin, her “best friend, her savior, the man who made everything right just by smiling at her,” is also staying. Jock visits Cara in her room, and the romantic tension sizzles as Cara tries to persuade Jock to cross the line from friends to lovers. Shortly after Jock leaves Cara’s room, she’s kidnapped. Eve, Joe, and Jock race to the rescue. Strong female characters and a twist-filled plot will keep readers turning the pages. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency (Mar.)