cover image Hush


Karen Robards. S&S/Gallery, $26 (416p) ISBN 978-1-4767-6658-4

A hardened FBI agent is irresistibly drawn to Riley Cowan, the heroine of this intoxicating blend of romantic suspense and mystery from bestseller Robards (Guilty). Riley Cowan, who grew up poor on Philadelphia's North Side, is acutely aware of the responsibility to her ex-husband Jeff's mother and sister, who are impoverished following the imprisonment of her former father-in-law, George Cowan, convicted of illegal investment schemes. But when Jeff is found hanging from the living room ceiling in the family's empty Houston mansion, evidently a suicide, and Riley is attacked by an unknown assailant, she must turn to FBI agent Finn Bradley for help. While Finn knows that he can keep Riley safe, he believes that she's being less than truthful with him and knows that protecting her will be difficult without her complete honesty. Meanwhile, neither Finn nor Riley can deny their intense mutual physical attraction. Robards keeps the reader guessing until the explosive conclusion. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Dec.)