Putnam, Nov 2003
Reviewed by Barbara Fielding
REMEMBER WHEN is divided into two parts, combining the writing styles of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb. Part One is written in the style and voice of best-selling romance novelist Nora Roberts, and Part Two is written in the futuristic mystery style of J.D. Robb, Ms. Roberts' pseudonym. It isn't often a best-selling writer can make another name for herself in a different genre, but Ms Roberts accomplished that in 1995 with the publication of her futuristic crime series. Now she is breaking new ground by joining her two styles together in one story.
Laine Tavish, aka Elaine O'Hara, has escaped her checkered past and built a good life for herself in Angel's Gap, Maryland. Her antique shop, Remember When, and lovely home are far removed from her early life on the lam with her con artist father, Jack O'Hara. Until one rainy day, when Uncle Willy visits. Uncle Willy, her father's closest friend and partner, acts mysteriously, leaving his card for Laine with an alias asking her to call him later. However when Uncle Willy dashes from her store, he is run over on the rainy street outside her shop. As Laine kneels over the dying man, he whispers a cryptic message, mumbling he must have been followed and "to keep it safe." Laine doesn't want the past intruding on the life she has built for herself, but will she be able to keep the past buried?
Max Gannon, insurance investigator, is on the trail of a team of jewel thieves who stole millions in diamonds and left one partner dead. He's good at his job and knows when Willy winds up dead in Angel Gap, Laine's got to be a link to finding Jack O'Hara and Alex Crew. But when he meets the beautiful redhead, he finds he wants more from her than the information that will lead him to her father and the diamonds. He's walking a fine line, balancing the diamond investigation and his feelings for Laine Tavish.
Fast forward to 2059 and meet Samantha Gannon, an author living in NYC. Samantha is on a national book tour for her new release HOT ROCKS, a true crime novel of the famous diamond heist her grandparents played a key role in solving. Upon return from her book tour Samantha steps into her trendy futuristic apartment to find it ransacked and her close friend and apartment sitter, Andrea Jacobs, dead.
Lt. Eve Dallas, NYSPD
detective, pulls the case assignment. Eve and her
new partner, Peabody, uncover the connection between Samantha's new book
and the murder. Someone thinks Samantha is the key to locating the lost
portion of the diamonds that were never recovered.
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