cover image One Way or Another

One Way or Another

Elizabeth Adler. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-05818-8

Brilliantly executed and constantly surprising, this romantic thriller from bestseller Adler (Last to Know) opens on the coast of Turkey, where artist Marco Polo Mahoney observes a stunning red-haired woman fall off a boat after she receives a blow to the head. Marco dives into the sea to rescue the woman, but he’s unable to find her. A few days later, Marco plans to fly to Paris to visit his girlfriend, Martha, but after his flight is canceled, he accepts an offer to ride aboard the private jet of billionaire Ahmet Ghulbian, who’s also traveling to Paris. On the jet, Ghulbian shows Marco a picture of the woman from the boat, who he claims has drowned, and requests that Marco paint her portrait. Marco accepts Ghulbian’s invitation to come to his remote home, Marshmallows, where Martha arrives to help with redecorating. Soon Marco and Martha are in trouble. Adler gradually reveals the depths of Ghulbian’s depravity in what may well be her best book yet. [em]Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (July) [/em]