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No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
Review by Harriet Klausner
Avon Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061252785
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Several months ago, San Antonio Police Detective Rebecca "Becca" Montgomery's younger sister, Danielle, disappeared. Worried and agitated by no progress in finding her sibling, Becca keeps tabs on the lead detective dedicated professional Paul Murphy. Becca is further upset as Murphy makes no substantial progress and she knows each day that passes means most likely Dani is dead. Murphy finally has had it with Becca's interference and is ready to go to blows with her after accusing her of "shadowing" him. To somewhat occupy Becca's mind and to get her away from one of his other cops, Becca's boss Lieutenant Arturo Santiago assigns her to look into the human ashes found at a burned down theater.

Becca understands why her boss assigned her this new case. It is to keep her out of Murphy's investigation, but still she plans to conduct a professional inquiry. At the inferno sight, Becca glances at the crowd of curious on-lookers, but only one person seems out of place. Inside the human remains are that of a female skeleton with only an expensive locket nearby; the victim was walled inside a "prison" during the last renovation with evidence from scratch marks on the wall that she was interred while she still lived. Becca learns the out of place stranger is Diego Galvan, who works for allegedly corrupt businessman Hunter Cavanaugh. Diego informs Becca to be careful with her investigation as her case touches Cavanaugh and his nasty hit man Matt Brogan. His warning stuns the cop as he works for the bad guys or she wonders does he have some other agenda.

The first "No One" romantic suspense thriller is an exciting police procedural starring a worried fixated cop. Becca knows she is wrong to trail Murphy as he's considered a good detective working hard on her sister's missing person case, but she cannot stop herself from intruding. As with her obsession over what happened to Dani, she works her case with a need to bring "satisfaction" to the horribly murdered victim. Nothing stands in the way of her investigation: not her concerned boss who wants her on administrative leave until her sister's case is solved; not a shady business mogul or his odious henchman who Diego implies has reasons for the case to end cold; and finally not Diego who is focused on destroying his employer while searching for a way of making love with Becca. Giving Becca an investigation of her own, proves to be a smart move as it takes her mind somewhat off her sibling as all Becca can think of is that the woman died alone; No One Heard Her Scream. As to the villains, Cavanagh is smooth whether he oversees his illegal activities or his legal ones. He knows he is above the law; in fact has his own law with his judge, jury and executioner being amoral Brogan, a nasty piece of work.

The whodunit is entertaining as Becca works what should already be a cold case except the homicide just surfaced. Identifying the victim is fast, but after that each step proves quite dangerous. The romance between Becca and Diego seems unnecessary and in some ways intrusive to the investigation, which remains the prime plot. Jordan Dane provides a powerful opening tale with two to follow, but No One Heard Her Scream also stands alone.

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