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Walking after Midnight

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The nude male body lay on the embalming table, battered beyond recognition.Gingerly, Summer McAfee, chairman, CEO, and sole employee of Daisy Freshcleaning service, reached out to touch an arm to reassure herself that shehadn't just seen the corpse move. Suddenly, shockingly, her hand was in theviselike grip of a man very much alive and desperate enough to take her captiveon a no-holds-barred run from cops, killers, and his own decidedly complicatedpast...

Summer's former life as a New York lingerie model had gone south with hermarriage, leaving her, at thirty-six, single and back home in Tennessee, on herhands and knees scrubbing other people's bathrooms. But the drab presentvanishes in a flash as she's forced to flee into the Tennessee wilds with thestranger she calls Frankenstein, first as his captive, then his companion, asthey run from the enemies determined to destroy them both--straight into araging passion that could only be the last laugh of fate...

-- "Ocala Star Banner" (FL)

"Pure fun all the way."
-- "The Detroit Free Press"

"Explosive and surprising... Once started, you won't be able to put itdown."
-- "Rendezvous"

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Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-seven full-length books and one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.


While cleaning a funeral home late one night, Summer McAfee is taken hostage when a nude male body leaps off a preparing table. Over the next few days, Summer and the badly beaten, left-for-dead Steve Calhoun struggle to elude the bad guys, which include the police. Summer moves from fearing for her life to finding the love of her life. Despite skillful plot twists, humor, and clever use of a guardian ghost (Deedee, Steve's former lover), the book has a serious flaw. Although Walking is billed as a romantic thriller, Steve's initially cruel and brutal treatment of Summer is alarming. Veteran writer Robards (Maggy's Child, LJ 1/94) should know better than to perpetuate the myth that women unconsciously want to be dominated and victimized. Not recommended, despite its other qualities. [Doubleday Book Club main selection and Literary Guild alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/94.].-Rebecca S. Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

"Spellbinding!" --Ocala Star Banner (FL) "Pure fun all the way." --The Detroit Free Press "Explosive and surprising... Once started, you won't be able to put it down." --Rendezvous

With intriguing twists and turns, Robards's (Maggie's Child) latest is a fast-paced romantic thriller, peopled by down-to-earth characters. The heroine, Summer McAfee-proud owner of Daisy Fresh, a janitorial company-has no inkling of the crazy spin her life will take late one Saturday night as she cleans the Harmon Brothers Funeral Home. Unnerved by the obviously spooky environment, she nevertheless is brave enough to investigate a noise. Before she can blink, she's nabbed by a corpse who turns out to be badly beaten but not yet dead. ``Frankenstein'' as she will call him, is none other than the infamous Steve Calhoun, a former detective who is now on the run not only from drug dealers but also from the ghost of Deedee, his former mistress, whose purported suicide in his office was the cause of his very public disgrace and divorce. Convinced that Deedee was murdered, Steve had been investigating her death when he stumbled on the drug dealers-crooks who have day jobs on the Tennessee State Police force. As Steve continues to outwit their pursuers, Summer begins to see beyond his rough exterior. Grudging respect becomes mutual admiration and, eventually, love. Dialogue laced with surprising humor makes this fine blend of ghost story, romance and mystery a diverting read. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Feb.)

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