This was a departure for me. First, I had put aside writing the sequel to Without Bloodshed to write it. Second, it originally began life as a novelette called “Steadfast” that my publisher had requested to help promote my first novel. Third, I was used to writing at a slight remove – as if I could sense what they sensed and know what they were thinking, but not use their own voices.
This novel was different. Naomi Bradleigh has always been one to claim the spotlight; she was rather fond of drama for a character originally inspired by a young woman who found my taste in music too dramatic. So it was only fitting that her story be that of a young woman’s post-breakup working vacation gone terribly wrong.
From the Back Cover
My curiosity might get me killed. I thought I needed a vacation from my duties as an Adversary in service to the Phoenix Society. After learning about unexplained disappearances in a little town called Clarion, I couldn’t stop myself from checking it out.
Now I must protect a witness to two murders without any protection but my sword. I must identify a murderer who strikes from the shadows. I must expose secrets the Phoenix Society is hellbent on keeping buried.
I have no support but an ally I dare not trust. If I cannot break the silence hiding what happened in Clarion’s past, I have no future. I must discover the truth about Project Harker. Failure is not an option.