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THE NIGHT CAFÉ
TAYLOR SMITH
ISBN# (10)0-7783-2522-9/(13)978-0-783-2522-2
June 2008
MIRA
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$6.99
441 Pages
Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Hannah Nicks never feels she is up to perfection when she is around her sister, Nora. At thirty, Hannah is on her second career. No longer an L.A. cop, she is now a private security contractor.

Moises Gladding is considered a shady character, an arms dealer, often supplying arms even to those that might be in the same conflict. He hates to target anyone’s family but after his family was roughed up, all bets are off.

Hannah knows she will never be like her sister, Nora, and her picture-perfect family. Of late Hannah switches career moves to regain custody of her son from her wealthy ex. Rebecca Powell is a friend of Nora’s and has an art gallery in Malibu. She hires Hannah to transport a painting to Puerto Vallarta for Moises. Hannah knows the man can be dangerous but she hates to say no to her. For certain she does not wish to disappoint Moises, who is used to well-orchestrated operations. Things take a nasty turn when Hannah goes to see Rebecca only to learn she has been killed. The police wonder about her dealings with Rebecca. Thanks to John Russo, a homicide detective, he is there to support her every inch of the way as their relationship moves forward. No matter what it takes, he will make sure Hannah is fully protected, but will the bad guys get in his way?

The Night Café is a stirring read that keeps the reader on their toes. I was so in tune with Hannah and how she gets along with her sister. There were times I could sympathize and relate with her. She has so much on her plate with her sister, then trying to get custody of her son; she sure does not need anything else to challenge her. Yet with the painting, and all the developments with Rebecca and the police, Hannah stays grounded and steadfast. The riveting plot and the secondary characters are a great asset to the storyline. Taylor Smith weaves a story that engages from the first page. I love the relationship of Hannah and John. He is certainly someone I want on my side, in this intriguing read.

Cherokee
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