Ethan Maxwell slowly rolled off the woman he'd tackled to the floor. He felt awful for shoving her onto the hardwood floor but had she been standing upright the charge behind the painting would have exploded right in her face. The explosion had sounded like a pistol shot. And the room smelled of smoke and some chemical he couldn't name. His expertise was not munitions.
He knelt and looked around, gathering back his wits. As he did so, he noticed the man to his right, wearing white forensics scrubs, and holding his hands out as if in shock.
"Yes, that was a bomb," he said with a sarcasm that oftentimes leapt out before he could decide to staunch such a tone.
When Interpol’s covert behind-the-scenes Elite Crimes Unit looks for new talent, they recruit someone who knows all the tricks—and sometimes a troublemaker is exactly who’s needed for the job…
Olivia Lawson’s bosses at Scotland Yard don’t take her work very seriously. Art and antiquities? Bor-ing! But her latest investigation, at London’s world-renowned Tate, is turning out to be far more explosive than anyone expected. In fact, the vandalized, booby-trapped painting hanging on the gallery wall would have blown her off her feet if it wasn’t for the tall, dark-haired stranger who tackled her at the last second—a stranger as finely sculpted as any masterpiece in the museum.
Ethan Maxwell is working this case for the Elite Crimes Unit because it was a choice between that and lockup. A (barely) reformed art forger, he’s got the expertise to lead Olivia through a dangerous manhunt. But the crime may have a more personal connection to him—and the all-too-real feelings he’s developing toward Olivia could pull her into the line of fire too . . .
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