Pat Traymore, a television reporter, has just accepted a new position in Washington, D.C. She moves into the house where her parents had died when she was very young. She has three objectives. She wants to do a special on the woman Senator she felt had the best chance of going on to be President. She wants to remember what happened that night when her parents died. She wants to get together with the man she loves now that he is free.
The first night in her new home she receives a phone call warning her away. The mysterious "angel of mercy" warns her not to do the documentary special and to leave that terrible house. She is shaken by the call, determined in her objective.
Pat runs into immediate roadblocks. Senator Abigail Jennings is very reluctant to make the documentary. She and Pat's new boss want it to be a fluff, campaign ad type piece. Sam Kingsley's wife had died after a long illness, but now he is indecisive as to his personal future. He holds Pat off when she is expecting a joyful reunion. And the threats continue.
Pat is a concientious investigative reporter and follows up leads Senator Jennings wants ignored. Pat cannot understand what is wrong. She finds some darker areas of the Senator's life, yet they seem to help the Senator, not harm her. Meanwhile, her memories of that night in her house grow clearer.
This is a page turner. Ms. Clark once again pulls us into her character's lives. She pieces together the facts in a picture that is hard for Pat to accept, yet very believable. The reader knows that Ms. Clark's heroines will eventually come out alive. That is all. After that, anyone is fair game to have ominous pasts or futures. I had pretty well put it together by the end. Even so, I had to keep reading to see if I was correct.
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