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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373775369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373775361
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She is Anglo; he is Comanche. She is an archaeologist. He equates archaeology with grave robbing. Despite their differences, Phoebe Margaret Keller and Jeremiah Cortez know they've found their soul mates. That is, until Jeremiah goes away and gets married. Three years later, a still-bitter Phoebe is a museum curator on the Cherokee reservation in Chenocetah, North Carolina. A person claiming to be a professor claims he has found a Neanderthal in the caves near a new development. When the man is murdered, Jeremiah, now a widower and member of the FBI's Indian Country Crime Unit, is sent to investigate. It's obvious Phoebe and Jeremiah are still in love, but she is no hurry to forgive him. Before long, however, Phoebe becomes a target of the murderer, and there's no way Jeremiah is going to leave her again. Sensual and suspenseful, this romance is also loaded with information about Cherokee culture, and it debunks many Native American stereotypes. The ever-popular and prolific Palmer has penned another sure hit. Shelley Mosley
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"Sensual and suspenseful... The ever-popular and prolific Palmer has penned another sure hit." - Booklist "...romantic complications draw the reader in." - Romantic Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Oh, well... I give this book a 4-star rating.
Diane m curry burns
Anyway, the issues I have with this book is much like those put forth by other readers: it's dated, formulaic, and just ridiculous in parts.
Avid reader
This book is for anyone interested in suspense, intrigue, and most of all some good ol' romance.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Woods on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Diana Palmer has written a book unlike anything she has written in while! Even though the heroine is a vigin(would you expect anything else) the storyline is passionate and intense. The words flow smoothly. I was so impressed. I am a die hard Diana Palmer fan,even though recently I have felt that that she was just recyling and changing the title! I think Jacobsville(Long Tall Texans) has been done to death!!!!!!!!!Thank you for a great read!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In 1997 in Chenocetah, North Carolina, Native American cultural anthropologist Phoebe Keller, curator of the Chenocetah Museum, receives a call from a claimant saying he found a Neanderthal skeleton on the reservation. She is skeptical because a development dispute is brewing but before Phoebe can arrange testing of the alleged prehistoric remains, the person who called her is murdered with his body left inside a cave. FBI Agent Jeremiah Cortez leads the investigation.

As a college senior three years ago Jeremiah felt a deep attraction to Phoebe that she reciprocated. However, he broke her heart as both went on with their respective lives. As they work together on the investigation, they fall in love even while the danger mounts from those who want to hide the entire truth.

This is a terrific romantic suspense using a Native American background to enhance the plot. The lead sleuths make a fine team though both struggle with the ardent simmering desire for the other; their relationship seems like a throwback to a simpler romance novel yet is extremely complex as expected from fully developed protagonists. The who-done-it is cleverly designed to keep the audience alert although a twist late in the tale seems off kilter. Still readers will appreciate Diana Palmer's strong police procedural contemporary romance.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Basically I liked this book--the story and the characters, but felt a little cheated by Ms. Palmer's aversion to in depth research and the character turns. Firstly when we met Phoebe and Cortez in another book, Phoebe was a very strong woman. I hardly think that she would have gone off the deep end the way she was portrayed in this book. Somehow I can't see her cutting her hair, moving to a small town and wearing dowdy clothes. Cortez is a fascinating character and I felt Palmer developed his psyche much better than Phoebe's. I felt the research done on stolen artifacts and how law enforcement works in general was poor. The dialog was stilted whenever she dealt with stolen artifacts and the law enforcement scenes. She called them "loot" several different times. Does anyone use that word anymore? I also, this is a pet peeve with this author, wish she'd talk to someone about fashion. She calls Aigner a pricey french designer. Maybe at one time, but in today's fashion world this is not true. She'd have been better off saying Chanel or Gucci. Ms. Palmer is a well enough known romance writer that she could pick up the phone and call her chief of police, the FBI or even the library to do a better research job. As I said earlier--I actually liked the book, but then I would come upon stilted dialog, words that are rarely used in today's vernacular and the book would hit a jarring note. Please Ms. Palmer--do your research.

I was glad though that Phoebe was a more faceted character than many of her females. I've been on a Palmer reading spree and I've gotten very tired of big, strong, mean man fighting his attraction for mousy secretary type. This was more a meeting of equals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judith Rochelle on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jeremiah Cortez is one of the most haunting heroes I have ever read about. He stayed with me for day - his tragedy, his sacrifices, his need for a love he thought he didn't deserve. Phoebe, crushed by what she saw three years ago as his rejection, dragged herself back from the rbink of emotional destruction to build a new life for herself. Then circumstances forced a reunion with Jermaih, a situation that forced them to work together closely. Lose your heart to them as they sturggle to build the relationship once lost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is my first Diana Palmer book so I didn't have any expectations going into it. I greatly enjoyed the book and will be reading more Palmer books, particulary the one that introduces Jeremiah and Phoebe. Of course I live in Nashville so any book that starts off with Tennessee as a setting is okay by me.

I don't mind seeing negative reviews for a book, in fact I have written some negative reviews myself. However, the reviewer who said she was not into romance novels and then gave this book a negative review sort of disturbed me. I don't like Science Fiction. Therefore, I am not going to read a Sci-Fi book and then write a negative review. I don't think that is fair!

I liked Jeremiah and Phoebe and basically I liked the story line. I know Ms. Palmer had to get the heroine isolated so the killer could get to her but when Phoebe blithely gives her bodyguard the slip so she can go home early and prune her roses I will admit that I had to roll my eyes. Come on now, would she really be that stupid? After all she has already been shot right in the peso! And I'm no gardener but November seems a strange time of year to be pruning roses.

One secondary character I really liked was Alice Jones! I laughed out loud when she did the postmortem on the Thanksgiving turkey. If there is a book about Alice I will definitely be getting it! I would like to see her paired up with Drake. In this book Drake seemed to be leaning toward Tina, but I have to admit her nasty juvenile behavior when she thought Phoebe and Drake were an item and she threw all of Phoebe's clothes in the middle of the floor turned me off toward her big time! Tina needs to do some serious growing up and then perhaps she can get together with the policeman she had been dating back home. I just flat did not like her!
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I was born in south Georgia(USA), graduated from high school in Atlanta, married my husband, James, in Habersham County, and graduated from Piedmont College(Demorest, GA) summa cum laude in history with minors in anthropology and Spanish in 1995.

I worked for over 16 years as a newspaper reporter on both weekly and daily papers. In between reporting jobs, I had a son, Blayne, my greatest creative achievement. I love iguanas and most other animals, and am the biggest geek on earth. If it's electronic, and non-lethal, I probably have one. I was always the kid who was out of step with the rest of the world, and I still am. My father was a college professor, so my sister and I grew up not quite understanding what prejudice was.

I traveled a lot when I was more mobile than I am now, and I never met a person I didn't like. Writing books is more than a job to me, it's my life, next to being a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a person of faith, but I respect all religions and all cultures.

I write romantic suspense for HQN books, mass market and series contemporary romance for Harlequin, and science fiction novels for Luna Books. In my spare time, I sleep. :)

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