By P. M. Terrell
Chicago Spectrum Press - June 2002
ISBN: 1879260417 - Mass Market Paperback
Mystery / Suspense

Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe, MyShelf.Com
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Ms. Terrell has put her great storytelling skills to good use in this first novel. The opening prologue is a real "cliffhanger" that pulls you into the story.

Sheila Carpenter, a recent graduate from Vanderbilt University, had already established a reputation as a computer whiz. She was not surprised when she was offered a programming job by one of the most prestigious computer-consulting firms in the country and transferred to its headquarters in Washington, DC.

Contracted out to a Trucking Firm, Sheila is instructed to write a program in which two sets of invoices are made, but only one is accessible, with the other in a secret file on the computer. It appears that there is illegal kickback activity going on. Her dream job takes on nightmare qualities; she's the only one who knows a truth so devastating it could bring down an entire industry.

People involved in the scheme begin to turn up dead--and then there is Aunt Jo's farm. It appears that the company she works for is using Aunt Jo to intimidate Sheila into doing their bidding. Sheila becomes frightened for her own safety when someone breaks into her apartment. She is in a race to gather evidence to give to the FBI before her employers decide it's time to eliminate Sheila, too.

If you are tired of the old worn-out plots, this book is for you. A refreshing fast-paced thriller about leading edge technology that's hard to put down. After the smashing prologue, the story started out at a fairly sedate pace, and seemed to pick up speed and intensity without my awareness. Just as you think you have it figured out, Terrell surprises you yet again. There are great characters, and just the right amount of romance. Terrell promises a sequel. I'll try to wait patiently.

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