Former U.S. Senator Quintrell is dead. His son, New Mexico's governor, is preparing his run for the highest political office in the land.
And dark family secrets are about to explode with the devastating force of a Southwestern earthquake.
An eccentric Quintrell aunt has invited genealogist Carolina "Carly" May to their Taos compound to compile a record of the illustrious family. But digging into the past is raising troubling questions about a would-be president's private life . . . and the grisly street crime that left his drug-addicted sister dead. As a dark world of twisted passions and depravity slowly opens up before Carly, there is no one whom she dares trust -- perhaps least of all Dan Duran, a dangerous, haunted enigma who's tied to the Quintrells' history. But she will need an ally to survive the terrible mysteries a father carried to the grave -- because following the bloodlines of the powerful can be a bloody business. And some dead secrets can kill.
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GOOD READ AS USUAL. ELIZABETH LOWELL IS ENJOYABLE AND SOMETIMES JUST FUN. SHE MAKES ME LAUGH. THIS ONE WAS NOT SO FUNNY BUT SHOWED HOW REALLY TERRIBLE SOME PEOPLE CAN BE. MY FAVORITE OF ALL TIME IS "DIE IN PLAIN SIGHT".i LIKE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND ELIZABETH'S THEMES ARE INTERESTING. SUCH AS PAINTING OR GEMS. THE DONOVAN SERIES IS EXCELLENT.
I've got to disagree with some of the negative reviews here, but that is because I am familiar with Northern New Mexico. I think Lowell got the local color just right - the book is superb if you appreciate it in that context. Northern NM is a land unto itself, with characters unto themselves - most (Hispanos) are decendents of families who moved from Spain over 400 years ago.
Although the relationships are complex in this book and I had to use the geneology chart in the front very often, I think it reflects the nature of the population.
You will enjoy this book if you are willing to see it as a set piece, not just another romantic-suspense book. I am proud of the work Lowell does in crafting the plot.
It was a good book for the reason that I enjoyed the historical descriptions of New Mexico and the Native Americans which kept my attention.
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