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_Amber Beach_, Elizabeth Lowell

I _think_ this is a reread, but honestly I am not sure.

In any event, set in the San Juans/Anacortes (wooot! Home turf, baby! My people, oh, fucking never mind, you do not care. But I like books set in the San Juans), Honor Donovan is trying to find her brother Kyle. She thinks he is hiding somewhere in the San Juans, on a tiny little island -- not sure which one -- not served by the ferry system. Alas, as a result of a traumatic boat ride as a young person, she never learned how to drive a boat, so she has to hire someone to teach her.

Jake Mallory is about to lose the business he worked so hard to build, because the Russian Federation thinks he stole something. Jake thinks it must have been his partner/liaison Kyle. Jake doesn't tell Honor this when he takes the job driving the boat for her.

Antics ensue. Lots of people show up looking for Kyle. They follow Honor and Jake around. Honor and Jake are attracted to each other but Honor is stressed and Jake figures Honor is gonna be way mad when she figures out he isn't just some random boat driver.

The thing which was stolen is possibly a panel from the Amber Room, or maybe a copy of same, so, basically a very similar plot to _Tell Me No Lies_, altho not identical. On a political level, identical: random groups of people sneaking around with weapons in the dark AND different parties benefit depending on whether the panel exists, where it is found and whether it is a fake or not. On a personal level, a little different: Honor isn't obsessed with honesty, and Jake lies to her at least through omission.

SPOILERS!

Yes, Honor gets to whack someone on the head with a half pound weight that she casts. All through the book, if you're like me, you're going, oh, please please please let her hit someone really hard with one of these things. And she gets to. Yay! I wish it had been a man instead of a woman; make of that what you will.

While this book is not as old as _Tell Me No Lies_, the date on it is pretty damn clear. R. and I are engaged in a discussion of how possible is it to date the time frame in which a novel is written vs. when it is putatively set, and the implications for teaching literature in a world in which there are approximately equal numbers of readily available historicals and "contemporaries" set in a given decade.
Tags: romantic suspense
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