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Catch a Shadow (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2008
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Former special forces commando Jake Kelly did time for theft of government property after cash and diamonds disappeared during a South American sting. Finally out of prison, Jake is in Atlanta to meet someone who claims to have evidence that will clear his name-and who is soon a hit-and-run victim. Looking on at the scene, Jake realizes that the victim is someone he thought had been killed in South America; he's further startled to recognize a CIA agent who's supposed to be dead. When Jake sees reporter-turned-paramedic Kirke Palmer take an envelope from the dying victim at the scene, he knows she's in danger. He poses as the victim's brother to gain her confidence, and there's something about this attractive, silent man with guarded eyes that makes Kirke want to trust him. Full of well-timed action scenes and a believable cast (including an extraordinary African gray parrot named Merlin), the latest from Potter (Pure Pleasure) is a well-paced and smartly told romantic thriller.
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Since most of the money and all of the diamonds disappeared in South America, the US government, in general, and the US Army, in particular, prosecuted the only person who survived the attack: Jake Kelly.
After 7 long years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Jake wants to clear his name. Not long after his release, he receives a strange phone call, urging him to come to Atlanta (even though that violates his parole).
As he is entering the bar where he is to meet the contact, suddenly a man is intentionally struck and gravely injured. Jake realizes that he is one of the 2 men who were missing after the botched weapons-for-money-and-diamonds exchange.
Now starts a cat-and-mouse game - Jake is trying to prove his innocence while US Marshalls are looking to take him back to prison. The story is interesting and a quick read!
I like how Patricia Potter develops a unique and intriguing plot. I also like the fact that even though one of her characters (Jake) is an ex-military special operations operative, he is fallable and ever so much more human. Kirke, is a great character. She is thrust into a situation where she simply has to go with her gut to back a promise made to a dying man at great possible cost to herself and her career. She is unjaded, strong yet feminine, innocent, naive but intelligent, and gutsy. She takes charge of her decisions and is an asset to Jake.
This is not a mystery thriller as there is no mystery other than how the characters will solve the dilemna they have been thrown into. The romance is secondary to the plot and very believable. Jack and Kirke both see things they admire in the other to cause them to fall in love. And when people are on the run from bad guys they can not stop and have sex all the time because they are realistically hurt, tired, and vigilant to their circumstances.
I am looking forward to reading more of Potter's books.
In 2000 when the South American special op mission failed, Jake Kelly thought he was the sole survivor. He took the fall for the incident though he is unsure what he could have done different and spent time in jail. Now he is free only to receive a call from Del Cox, who allegedly died during that last deadly mission. He rushes to Atlanta to find Del dead and he soon meets Kirke whose letter might clarify what really happened on the day his life was ruined. He vows to keep her safe, but soon realizes the advantage of having a paramedic at his side.
Kirke is a terrific damsel in distress as she learns no good deed goes unpunished when she tries to carry out the death bed wish; she also carries the story line with her. Readers will join her and Jake as they tour Atlanta trying to stay one step ahead of their deadly enemies while seeking who inside leaked his fatal mission.