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Friday, December 04, 2009

Out of Nowhere

Mortman, Doris.  Out of Nowhere.

Cynthia Baird discovers a money laundering scheme which results in the murder of her brother by a drug cartel.  Nevertheless, Cynthia agrees to testify at the trial.  The drug cartel is vengeful, however, and both Cynthia and her daughter Ricki must go into the witness protection program, WitSec.  All ties to to family, including those to Cynthia's ex-husband Lionel Baird, Ricki's father, are severed, and Baird believes that his former wife and his daughter were killed in an explosion.

The story picks up again years later with a young forensic photographer, Max (Amanda Maxwell, formerly Ricki Baird).  Max is a very private person in many ways; her life in WitSec has taught her to be less than forthcoming about many things and the threat of violence from the drug cartel keeps her ability to trust at a minimum.

In spite of the possible consequences, Max develops a relationship with her father, a wealthy and powerful man who has mourned the deaths of his former wife and daughter over the years.  She has also developed relationships with two attractive men, and when the money laundering/drug cartel story once again makes the news, Max has a lot to worry about.  And then her father is murdered....

I enjoyed this one.

Fiction.  Mystery/Suspense.  1998.  455 pages.


  1. Oooh this sounds good. I've enjoyed your last few reviews. I am adding these to my list. You aren't helping me whittle down my interest list.

  2. I've never heard of this book or the author, but it sounds like a good read! I'll add it to my list. Thanks!

  3. Wow, I'm just sitting here feeling so sorry for that father. I've never heard of this author either. May have to change that soon.

  4. My first visit here. I'm a gardener and a mystery writer so I love your blog name. Sometimes when I'm editing I feel as if I'm pruning in my garden (I am a master gardener.)

  5. A little off topic, but I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. I hope your day is restful and peaceful and full of love.

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