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by Daniel Palmer
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Kensington, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Hold onto your hats. Desperate by Daniel Palmer is the thriller of the year. I thought I had it all figured out, but read on because the writing was so compelling. Boy, was I ever way off base. I was so far out, I wasn't even on the ball field.

Anna and Gage Dekker are heading home with take-out from a Chinese restaurant General Tsao's Chicken, if you must know - when they notice a young woman sitting on a curb, sobbing. They stop to see if they can help. That was their first mistake. Life as they knew it ends and a whole new scenario starts.

The sobbing girl is named Lily and she is crying because she is pregnant and her boy friend wants her to get rid of the baby. No way, she just can't do that. But, as it so happens, Anna and Gage are looking to adopt. What a happy coincidence. Lily becomes part of their life until said boyfriend shows up. Then Roy moves into their lives, making it as awkward as it could be.

Gage works for a battery making company that is on the verge of coming out with a new battery that will revolutionize their use. However, he must be very careful that none of the new technology leaks to other battery manufacturing companies. Connection at all with his private life? Nah! There couldn't be.

Roy confesses that he is in desperate need of a large amount of cash. He has found a way to earn this money, but it's dangerous. Very dangerous. And very illegal. I can't in good conscience tell you any more. I can't ruin a great read for you. But, believe me; this one is well worth your time. Desparate is the fourth of Daniel Palmer's novels. All thrillers and all highly readable.

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