Shamus Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Delilah West is in love, and to her that's scarier than any gunman. When a simple shopping trip to the mall turns into a bloodbath - leaving Delilah with a secret she can hardly bear to keep - she turns to Erik Lundstrom, her handsome millionaire boyfriend, for the comfort she needs. But both Erik's prickly eighteen-year-old daughter, Nicki, and Delilah's own fear keep her from getting as close to Erik as he would like. To add to her anxiety, Brian Hall, a troubled boy she saved that horrible day at the mall, shows up at her office hoping that Delilah can find his father. The case seems simple enough, and Delilah needs something to take her mind off of Erik. Soon the search begins to look hopeless, and it becomes so important to Erik for the two women in his life to get along that Delilah and Nicki agree to tolerate each other for an afternoon - with terrifying consequences. Delilah West is generally a lucky woman, but that luck just might be running out.
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Used availability for Maxine O'Callaghan's Down for the Count
April 1998 : USA Hardback
November 1997 : USA Hardback
November 1998 : UK Paperback