cover image A Thin Disguise

A Thin Disguise

Catherine Bybee. Montlake, $12.95 trade paper (370p) ISBN 978-1-5420-0995-9

An amnesiac assassin and an FBI agent land in protective custody in Bybee’s thrilling second Richter romance (after Changing the Rules). When assassin Olivia steps in front of a bullet aimed at FBI agent Leo Grant on the Las Vegas Strip, the injury results in her losing her memory. Both Olivia and Leo are in danger from a mob boss who’s currently standing trial, so it’s unclear which of them was the attack’s true target. Enter MacBain Security, an elite private team for whom Olivia has worked freelance in the past and who convince her and Leo that they’ll be safest in MacBain’s protective custody. The company is eager to make Olivia a permanent part of the team and seizes the opportunity of her memory loss to show her, with help from the smitten Leo, the new life she could have if she no longer worked alone. But as Olivia’s memories of her cruel, unusual upbringing creep back in, her guilt and belief that she is unworthy of love prove difficult to overcome. Bybee delivers plenty of twists and turns on the way to a shocking ending while keeping forgiveness, love, and redemption at the story’s heart. The result is an emotional page-turner. [em]Agent, Jane Dystel, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (July) [/em]