In a Heartbeat

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Delacorte Press, 2000 - Fiction - 296 pages
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The powerful, passionate novels of Elizabeth Adler have won the hearts of readers the world over. Skillfully blending breathtaking romance with taut suspense, her international bestsellers sizzle with tension and originality. In a Heartbeat is Adler at her best, the compelling story of a man whose long-kept secrets slowly unravel to rock a woman's world.

In a Heartbeat

Bullets cut down millionaire Ed Vincent as he climbs out of his small Cessna at La Guardia Airport. One minute he's a successful entrepreneur, newly in love and glad to be alive. In the next, he's on a gurney being worked on by EMTs. "He's not going to make it." Comatose, Ed Vincent can hear the doctors talking, but he can't reply. Someone has tried to kill him, and he knows who is behind it. But there is no way to tell anyone . . . or warn the woman he calls Zelda. Zelda's real name is Melba Eloise Merrydew--Mel--and she is ready to fight her way past the guard in front of Ed Vincent's hospital room. Distraught, yet strong as steel, she is determined to get to his side and keep him alive by her own will. They haven't known each other long, just long enough to become lovers. She never doubts Ed Vincent is everything he says he is. Yet, as lies dissolve into a darker truth, she is about to find out how wrong she is. And tough, streetwise New York homicide detective Marco Camelia, a family man mesmerized against his better judgment by Mel's southern charm and golden-lashed eyes, intends to be right there when she finds out. Not just to solve the case, but hoping she will wind up in his arms.

As Mel and Marco join forces in pursuit of a killer, Mel is about to come face-to-face with a chilling truth: about a hidden past, a bitter enemy, and her own vulnerability. With shocking plot twists and complex characterizations, Elizabeth Adler's gripping novel will hold readers in thrall--as she keeps the surprises coming, right to the final heartbeat....

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A complex mystery adroitly interwoven with an appealing romance, courtesy of a seasoned pro. A mega-rich Manhattan real-estate developer is gunned down as he steps from his private plane. Who would ... Read full review

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Elizabeth Adler is the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of twelve previous novels. She lives with her family in California.

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