The Witness

By Nora Roberts

NORA ROBERTS' two hundredth BOOK!

In her lovely new novel, number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Nora Roberts proves why nobody is healthier “when it involves perfectly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance" (Booklist, starred review).

Daughter of a chilly, controlling mom and an nameless donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch eventually set free one evening, ingesting an excessive amount of at a nightclub and permitting an odd man’s seductive Russian accessory to entice her to a home on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the lady referred to now as Abigail Lowery lives on my own at the outskirts of a small city within the Ozarks. a contract safeguard structures fashion designer, her personal security is supplemented via a fierce puppy and an collection of firearms. She retains to herself, asserting little, revealing not anything. regrettably, that looks the fastest technique to get awareness in a tiny southern town.

The secret of Abigail Lowery and her sharp brain, secretive nature and unromantic point of view intrigues neighborhood police leader Brooks Gleason, on either a private point. And whereas he suspects that Abigail wishes safety from whatever, Gleason is conversant in two-bit troublemakers, now not the strong and unsafe males who're approximately to have him of their sights.

And Abigail Lowery, who has equipped a lifestyles in keeping with safeguard and strength of mind, is susceptible to wasting either.

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Nonetheless, because the kettle heated, he took out his laptop, wrote down all of the names she’d given him. Then tucked the computing device away back, made her tea. She sat very directly at the sofa, very faded and extremely directly, her eyes shadowed. “Thank you. ” He sat beside her. “I have to say a few issues to you ahead of you pass on with this. ” She stared into her tea, braced. “All correct. ” “None of this was once your fault. ” Her lips quivered earlier than she firmed them. “I have a few accountability. i used to be younger, certain, yet nobody pressured me to make the IDs or visit the membership.

They mentioned company whereas they ate, and consistently at those conferences ate conventional Russian meals. Ilya spooned up borscht as he listened to stories from brigadiers and depended on infantrymen. Out of recognize, he requested questions in basic terms while he bought his father’s nod. Over braised spring lamb, Ilya pronounced at the companies he oversaw in my opinion. difficulties have been discussed—the arrest of a soldier on drug fees, a whore who’d required self-discipline, the interrogation and dispatch of a suspected informant. “Misha will speak,” Sergei introduced, “on the enterprise of our humans contained in the police.

Odor the heliotrope! I’ve received Plato within the automobile. Do you consider Bert want to meet him? ” “I … i guess he may. ” “Mama’s so busy caring approximately introducing the canines, she doesn’t fear in regards to the people. I’m Mya, Brooks’s sister, and our center sister, Sybill. ” “It’s great to fulfill you both,” Abigail controlled, as her hand was once gripped and shaken. “We blew the day off,” Mya beamed out, a lanky lady with a pixie reduce in streaky brunette. “Work, youngsters, males. We had ourselves a complicated girls’ lunch, and now we’re heading in to do a little procuring.

You’ve been busy. ” “I wish to be busy. I accomplished a freelance a section previous to I projected, so I rewarded myself with gardening. and that i had viewers. ” “Is that so? ” “Your mom and sisters. ” He used to be on the brink of topping off her wine. “Say what back? ” “They have been out this manner. They’d had what your mom referred to as a complicated women’ lunch, and have been going buying and to drink frozen margaritas. They invited me to affix them. ” “Uh-huh. ” “Mya defined they primarily got here by means of to envision me out. I cherished her honesty, even though on the time it was once slightly unnerving.

I’ll be chatting with Reverend and Mrs. Goode besides. do you need to suggest your minister and his spouse are liars, too? in reality, my deputies and that i could be speaking to all people who witnessed or had half during this enterprise this morning. If i locate there’s been any point of harassment in your half, I’m going to propose the Conroys to dossier a restraining order opposed to you and whoever you’ve been utilizing to puppy them. You won’t love it. You’ll love it much less if one’s filed and also you move the road of it. ” “You can’t bully me.

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