It gets five stars and is worth five more. The copy flows like soft water in a gentle rain, seamless and smooth, all the while carrying the reader to the next page in breathless anticipation.--Mike Dobbins, Editor-Publisher,The Wildwood Independent
The litmus test for anything I buy is, Did I get my money's worth? Deadly Dividends paid a dividend of satisfaction... And since my spouse also enjoyed it, it was a two-for-one reward.--Larry Bailey, Reviewer-Biographer, Penn Valley Courier, TWIIf you'd like to examine the "Look Inside" feature that's missing from the Paperback version of "Escape," simply click on the Kindle edition. Its front cover and "Look Inside" content are the same as the print edition.
From the Author
The flight from New York to San Francisco was going to take many hours, and the book I bought at an airport kiosk wasn't as engrossing as I had hoped.
On the other hand, the plane was chasing the setting sun across the entire width of North America, and I started thinking about driving that distance in a fast car, like a Mercedes Benz roadster. Scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" came to mind as I looked out the window, and then came the question, "What if....?"
That's often the way a novel is conceived, and when the plane's tires scorched the runway at SFO, I had a whole series of cross-country escapades in mind, involving an architect accused of murdering a corporate client, and a beautiful property manager caught in his predicament. I intended to write a fast-moving tale that would perfectly fit a cross-country airline flight. And I finished the first draft in about a month. Up to that point, it was a fairly standard romantic thriller.
But then that woman kept nagging at me for a more substantial role. Elissa Bennett Pope is a former debutante from posh Lake Forest, Illinois, who "threw away a fortune because she couldn't stand being married to it." Her involvement with Grey Harper, the architect, put both their lives in extreme danger as they tried to evade pursuit by "men without faces" for 2200 miles. Yet, despite fleeing without preparation, leaving behind all her belongings, Elissa became vital to the results of their journey. And two years of rewrites later, Elissa seems to be a surprise to a lot of readers. She sure surprised me.