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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385333838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385333832
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,125,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Acceptable as a substitute for daytime soap opera viewing, if nothing else, this contemporary romantic thriller fails to live up to favorite Adler titles like Peach and Fortune Is a Woman. Heavy on the romance and light on the thrills, the writer's 13th novel is all lather and featherweight intrigue. Ed Vincent, a real estate tycoon with a mysterious past, has been shot by a would-be assassin and lies comatose in a New York hospital. His love interest, Georgia peach Melba Merrydew, also a target, comes to grieve by Ed's bedside. Enter Marco Camelia, a handsome homicide detective, who, with Melba's help, investigates Ed's shadowy past, all the while falling in lust with Melba's Southern charm and sun-kissed legs. The one-dimensional characters are modeled not on real-life counterparts but on their movie star prototypes (Adler reminds the reader a number of times that Melba looks like Sharon Stone and Marco is a ringer for Pacino, while Ed owns a building named Vincent Towers, la Trump Tower). The slow-moving, clich -ridden tale is not rescued by the action-packed finaleDtoo little, too late. Even Adler's fans may find her latest outing uninspiring, although chances are they'll go along for the ride; but Adler won't pick up many new readers based on this title. (Dec.)
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From Booklist

Adler's latest thriller offers a clever twist on an old theme. Millionaire Ed Vincent is nearly killed by four bullets to the chest. As Vincent's lover, Zelda Merrydew, helps a charming homicide detective investigate the attempted murder, she uncovers things about the man she loves that he'd rather she didn't know. Adler's enjoyable characters and lively dialogue alone wouldn't quite overcome this tired premise. But there's one other thing that makes the novel different: Ed Vincent himself, lying in the hospital, unable to communicate in any way, is a principal character in the story. Like Dalton Trumbo's classic Johnny Got His Gun, Adler's novel features scenes in which the reader is inside a man's mind, feeling the helplessness of wanting desperately to cry out while being utterly unable to make a sound. Vincent is an immensely sympathetic character, and he turns this otherwise typical novel of buried secrets into something special. David Pitt
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Customer Reviews

It's also just a little too sappy for my taste.
"sunnykissed"
Once again, Adler's book caught my attention and leave me wanting more.
"fmudler"
I loved the plot, the storyline, and the charactors.
Deborah Gardner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The urgent call sent millionaire Ed Vincent flying from Charleston to La Guardia in his Cessna in order to learn the identity of his rival on a property deal. After Ed debarks from his plane, a Sigma automatic greets him. In a coma, he is rushed to the hospital where the emergency staff struggles to save his life. Knowing he is going to die, Ed worries what will happen to his beloved Zelda, who will probably be the next target.

Zelda, who is actually Melba Merrydew, rushes to the hospital because she plans to keep her new found love alive. Zelda meets NYPD detective Marco Camelia who is assigned to the case. A happily married man with four kids, Marco finds himself desiring Melba. As they work together to uncover a killer, someone wants to make Zelda toast.

IN A HEARTBEAT is an exciting romantic suspense that fans of romance, police procedural, and thrillers will enjoy, particularly because of the exhilarating plot. The story line is fast-paced, loaded with twists and turns, and never eases up on the pace. Zelda and Ed (even in a coma) are wonderful characters, but readers will believe this novel belongs to the street tough, vulnerable Marco. Best-selling author Elizabeth Adler will gain a new group of fans with this superb story.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Massey on January 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
That's about how long it took me to read this book. Not because I'm slow, just because I did not enjoy it. If I didn't know any better I would have assumed this book was Adler's first attempt at a novel. But it isn't. Well, the main characters are likeable enough. I'll give her that. Except for the alcoholic old woman. She added nothing to the book. The plot is weak, there is too much dialouge, and too little effort put in. By the end of Ed's killer is revealed. I couldn't really recall why he wanted Ed dead. But I didn't care. I was just happy that I was done and that I could move on to something better. Do yourself a favor and pass on this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "sunnykissed" on December 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot in this one stretches credibility about as thin as it can get with every new page. It's also just a little too sappy for my taste. But if you love those Hallmark movies then this is for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "lynnie01" on July 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Adler is a wonderful storyteller, and this book is no exception a real page turner. From the time Ed Vincent is shot at the airport,till the final page it will keep you guessing who is behind the plot to kill Ed and his lover the wonderful Melba Merrydew, (Zelda to Ed) and who can forget the wonderful,charming NYPD detective Marco Camelia, who himself is just a little in love with the wonderful Melba. Even though is Ed is in a coma he is reaching out to Melba, & she to him as all is revealed it this wonderful thriller. A fantasic and enjoyable read for all die hard Elizabeth Adler fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter LaPrade on December 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Adler is par for the course here with "In A Heartbeat". A millionare with a shadowy past is gunned down by a mysterious hitman, and nearly dies. His girlfriend, Melba Merrydew and a determined NYPD homicide detective named Marco try to unearth the secrets of the man's past, and find the classic "Cain and Abel" story with a brother gone rotten killing for greed and for thrills. Of course, why the villain chooses to kill his brother after all these years escapes logic, as it would certainly mean his own death, and well..no surpises here. For a rainy weekend only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrisDJ on April 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm only up to Chapter 22 -- came on Amazon to see if this book had any hope of getting better. I think I'll spare myself and give up now. I'm just thankful I didn't buy this piece of... The dialogue is [bad]; the characters are completely one-dimensional. First and last time I'll read anything by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "fmudler" on November 21, 2001
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Once again, Adler's book caught my attention and leave me wanting more. This is an overall good book with realistic characters, scenes full of suspences. I read this book from start to finish; there isn't a part that is boring.
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Format: Hardcover
If, like me, you are looking for intelligent, well-written and suspenseful mysteries (with perhaps a touch of low-key romance), then I suggest you skip this book.

I found it poorly written, from too many points of view - some of them unbelievable. There is a part where the guy in the coma and the gal who sits in vigil over him are each recalling, in sequence, their first lovemaking. It made me want to gag, it was so trite and sappy.

Very little of it seemed to ring true, and there were not only too many fluffy romantic bits between the main characters but also an entirely unbelievable potential romance between the cop (who is described many times as very happily married) and the heroine (who is in love with the guy in the coma). Much of it was repetitive, there was no real suspense, and the villlains' motivations seemed highly unrealistic.

I only read this book because I borrowed it as an e-book from the library and was not able to flip through the pages to see if it got any better. In retrospect, I'm sorry I wasted precious time on it.
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Adler is a self-confessed romantic, a travel addict and a foodie, all of which she brings to the reader in her novels, along with a tough thrust of suspense and an unfolding mystery that keeps you on your toes. Elizabeth has lived in many countries and when she's not writing spends time discovering even more places to bring to you, with her husband, Richard - still in love after all these years - as are the characters featured in her past three novels, Mac Reilly the Malibu PI and Sunny Alvarez, his lover and side kick. You have to read about them to know them! Elizabeth lives in California and has the ability to take you to all those romantic places she knows so well, Capri, Venice, Tuscany, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, and of course, Malibu. You will feel you are there, with her, sitting on that Italian terrace, sipping that coffee, smelling the delicious food, savoring the heat and the sunshine and the mystery unfolding for you. Elizabeth is five-three and wishes she were taller, blind as a bat without her glasses that anyway she is too vain to wear, and at 128 lbs till thinking about that diet. She has one daughter, Anabelle who is married to rock musician Eric Avery and two kitties, the Siamese, Sweet Pea who rules the household, and an adorable black cat Sunny.

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