A journalist's quest for revenge takes her to a private Caribbean island in this contemporary suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.
When Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rafaella Holland discovers that her “real” father is powerful arms dealer Dominick Giovanni, all she can think about is vengeance. Vengeance for what he did to her now comatose mother. To gather enough proof to send him to prison for the rest of his miserable life, Rafaella will have to travel to the private island compound in the Caribbean where he runs his operations.
Marcus Devlin manages the resort on Giovanni’s Island, a private playground for the wealthy and powerful. He’s very good at what he does, but Rafaella wonders if he’s really what he seems.
As Rafaella and Marcus grow closer, events threaten to spin out of control when their small world on Giovanni’s Island starts to implode...
A weak, tangled plot dims the shine of two fairly enjoyable sparring partners in this contrived novel of romantic suspense set in the high-stakes arena of black-market arms and art. Rafaella Holland, wealthy, shapely, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with a powerful karate kick, goes undercover at a Caribbean resort owned by the gangster who seduced and discarded her besotted mother many years before. Rafaella is his daughter. When her mother is hit by a car owned by the gangster's estranged wife, Rafaella decides to expose him for the snake he is. Charming her way into the resort, she runs up against the manager Marcus Devlin (actually a good guy working for U.S. Customs), whom she instantly distrusts and immediately beds. The pair dodge bullets, bicker and try to unmask each other while a mysterious third party makes repeated attempts on her father's life. Coulter wrote False Pretenses .