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Hide Away

Iris Johansen. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-250-07582-6

Alfredo Salazar, a Mexican drug lord, seeks to kill 11-year-old Cara Delaney, the daughter of a rival drug gang leader, in bestseller Johansen’s outstanding 19th Eve Duncan novel (after 2015’s Shadow Play). Eve and her live-in lover and former FBI agent, Joe Quinn, agree to bring Cara from California to their Atlanta home for her protection. When Joe decides that Cara will be safer elsewhere, Eve takes the girl to Scotland, where Eve’s adopted daughter, Jane MacGuire, and Jane’s associates, including Lord MacDuff, are searching for ancient treasure buried in the remote reaches of the Highlands. Extracts from Jane’s dreams about Cira, MacDuff’s ancestor who purportedly hid a chest of gold coins, provide a mystical undercurrent. The suspense rises as Salazar and his henchmen get on Cara’s trail, and Joe knows that both Eve and Cara are in danger. This first-rate novel of romantic suspense will please Johansen’s many fans and newcomers alike. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Apr.)