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Television reporter Suzanne Shepard was a ruthless celebrity scandalmonger with a long list of high-profile enemies. But which one left her mutilated, lifeless body in the dark recesses of New York's Central Park? Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas needs to find out.

Was it the sinister Park Avenue plastic surgeon with a secret past? Or the trendy personal trainer dealing recreational drugs to his rich clients? Or the ambitious city powerbroker who also happens to be the father of one of Melanie's best friends? Sifting through the scandals that fueled the dead reporter's career keeps Melanie from obsessing about her own intense affair with sexy FBI agent Dan O'Reilly.

But there's more at risk than Melanie's heart. She's been receiving chilling e-mails from an anonymous "admirer" who knows way too much about the murder -- and about Melanie's every move. If Melanie doesn't find the killer soon, it will be her own death that makes the headlines.


"The brutal rape and murder of Suzanne Shepard, a scandal-mongering New York City TV journalist, provides a welcome high-profile case for Melanie Vargas in Martinez's stellar third thriller to feature the sharp and sexy federal prosecutor
. . . . Martinez, herself a former federal prosecutor, supplies plenty of insider savvy as she juggles the large cast with élan."
-- Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"Fast, tense, authentic, sexy . . . the Melanie Vargas series is already guilty on all counts, but Cover-Up takes it to a whole new level. Highly recommended."
-- Lee Child

"Martinez's latest is intensely riveting from the first page."
-- Romantic Times Magazine (Top Pick)

"Fast-paced, suspenseful . . . sexy"
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Martinez hypnotically holds the reader's attention [in Cover-Up] by moving the action at breakneck speed, never stopping for speed bumps or coffee breaks. Her years of experience as a federal prosecutor, where she handled cases involving murders, kidnappings, home invasions and other acts of violence, give her writing credibility and her book a strong dose of reality that carries the novel to the upper echelon of suspense thrillers."
-- San Antonio Express-News

"This is by far the best in an already top-notch series . . . Cover-Up is one more reason to add, and keep, Martinez on your must-read list."
-- Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com

"[A] sizzling, fast-paced suspense novel with enough romance to please those who want it, but not enough to turn off those who want straight suspense."
-- ArmchairInterviews.com

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Published by HarperPaperbacks
On sale December 26, 2007 | Mystery | 400 pages
Paperback | $7.99US | ISBN-13: 978-0-06-089901-1

Published by William Morrow
March 2007 | Mystery | 352 pages
Hardcover | $23.95US | ISBN: 0-060-89900-X

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