CIA operative Steve Decker leaves the spy world because of bureaucratic ineptitude that allows a terrorist attack to occur. Disgusted, he moves to picturesque Santa Fe and for the first time allows himself to think about something other than global intrigue and violence. Indeed, for the first time he commits himself to a relationship. But after his lover’s house explodes and she is seen escaping with an unknown man, Steve discovers that she has a mysterious past and that she knew he used to work for the CIA. Did she love him, or was she only using him as a bodyguard? Drawn back into the world of deceit and treachery, Steve will stop at nothing in his desperate cross-country quest to find his lover and learn the truth.
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In 1992, my wife and I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The temptation to write a novel about that exotic locale in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains was irresistible. Many people told me that they visited Santa Fe and even got married there because of my descriptions in this novel. At one point, I describe the TV show (PBS’s This Old House) and the distinctive pueblo-revival architecture that made my wife and me decide to pay our first visit to Santa Fe. We were so charmed by the City Different that we moved there four months later. In the novel, the hero’s house is mine. Michael Douglas bought the film rights, but the project never moved forward, perhaps because Michael lost interest in making action films as he became older.