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    Review of PICTURE ME DEAD by Heather Graham (see her website)

    MIRA, March 2003

    Ashley Montaigue may only be a police trainee, but when an old friend is nearly killed in an auto accident, she knows that it was no true accident. Stuart would never use drugs. She tries to get handsome police detective Jake Dilessio to help, but he merely tells her to back off. Jake may be a handsome hunk who sends her hormones into overdrive, but he is an arrogant chauvinistic pig as well. Jake has never forgiven himself for his ex-partner's death--a death that the police have never solved. Ashley brings up all of his protective instincts. And when a new murder, so closely mirroring a years-old serial killer spree turns up, Jake's nightmares won't let up.

    Author Heather Graham delivers an intriguing host of red herrings in this romantic suspense thriller. I found myself turned off by the heavy use of coincidence and the pure stupidity of the criminals (but then, most criminals are stupid so this may not be a fair criticism), but Graham kept the mystery pacing up. The swamps and everglades of the Florida setting seemed very real and added to the suspense element. Hunky Jake, hanging around in his shorts and not much else fit mouth-wateringly into the scene.

    Am I the only one who thinks that the romantic interest between these two was a little forced?

    Two Stars

    Reviewed 4/22/03

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