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SIN ON THE STRIP
BY LUCY FARAGO
What happens in Las Vegas always burns bright, especially after hours. In this sizzling new series, the city’s 24/7 glitz hides one woman’s darkest nightmares—and one investigator’s seductive secrets…
Control is everything to gorgeous Maggie Anderson. Her exclusive club gives abused and troubled women a refuge from Vegas’s merciless streets—and helps her reclaim her shattered sense of freedom. But now someone is brutally murdering those she fights so hard to save. And baring her deepest fears to the one man who insists on protecting her could be the one move she won’t survive…
Elite private investigator Christian Beck knows this particular serial killer’s MO—and his own wrenching failure to find him—all too well. But staying two steps ahead of Maggie’s determination to uncover the truth pushes his well-honed skills past the limit—and ignites his most naked instincts. Now every clue is a lie, each irresistible desire a lethal trap. And the closer he and Maggie get, their shattering secrets will either save them—or torch their lives to glittering ash…
SIN ON THE STRIP
BY LUCY FARAGO
Cooper finished the introductions. “This is Christian Beck, an acquaintance of the department.”
“Ma’am.” Christian offered his hand. She hesitated a moment before taking it. She had a firm grip for a woman. Her nails were manicured and polished clear. They weren’t the gaudy talons he’d imagined. He mentally kicked himself for making a rookie mistake—never fall victim to the expected. “I’d like to ask you some questions, if you don’t mind?” He kept his tone even, friendly.
“Are you a detective?” she asked.
“No, ma’am, private investigator.” The muscles in his back twitched, his shirt beginning to cling to his damp spine. Noticing she still blocked her face from the sun, he said, “Why don’t we go somewhere else, less bright?” Marring that delicate skin with a sunburn would be a sin.
“I don’t talk to PIs.” She glared at Cooper, a spark of panic in her eyes. “Horace?”
“I won’t keep you long,” Christian offered, curious what had made her suddenly nervous. Like it or not, he needed her cooperation to find the missing pieces. Regardless of what the feds thought, this was the killer he’d spent his screwed-up childhood wishing dead, and most of his career trying to make sure that happened. Yes, twenty-five years was a long time, and professionally he had to admit there was a slight chance he was wrong. But his gut told him the MOs were too alike to be coincidental. Something had put this scum on hiatus, but he was back.
“Don’t worry,” the lieutenant replied, squeezing her hand. “It’s not what you think.”
What exactly had gotten her panties all knotted up?
“He works for ICU,” explained Cooper. “Look, let’s all go to the coffee shop down the street.”
The public knew Ryan Sheppard’s Investigative Collection Unit as an elite organization for hire for those with money. Sheppard’s private investigators were some of the best in the country, if not the world. The public also knew Sheppard as an entrepreneur and play- boy jet setter. What they didn’t know could fill a wing in the New York Public Library.
She didn’t look happy but walked with Cooper to her car.
“Well, well,” he muttered. Why did it surprise him to find out Pollyanna drove an Alfa Romeo Deutto? It seemed running a strip club paid well. Was there more behind Ms. Anderson and Heart’s Desire than a run-of-the-mill club? Glancing over at the sweet red sports car, he figured much, much more.
About the Author, Lucy Farago…
Lucy Farago knows there is nothing like a happy sigh at the end of a good book. With the encouragement of her loving husband, she wrote her first manuscript. An unpublished historical, it sits in a file on her computer, there to remind her how much fun she had learning the craft and becoming part of an industry whose books make you believe anything is possible. A big fan of Agatha Christie, she set out to write her first romantic suspense novel. Thrilled to be a published author, Lucy also teaches yoga, enjoys cooking, and saying what other people are thinking. In her fantasy world, her beautiful Siberian husky, Loki, doesn’t shed and her three kids clean up after themselves. Alas, that fantasy will never see fruition.
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