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Lost In The Shadows – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
“Laura. Laura, I need you.” It was Jimmy’s voice, deep and full of mischief. He stood in the midst of the little vegetable garden in the back of the yard beyond the flowers and expanse of green lawn. The plants in the garden were enclosed by a short white picket fence and Jimmy’s stocky frame loomed above it. He was dressed in the coveralls he always wore when he tended his beloved garden. Even from this distance, Laura could see the handsome face that blended the best features of Jimmy’s golden haired Anglo mother and dark-skinned Hispanic father. Jimmy waved and beckoned to Laura to join him in the garden. Her heart pounded in her chest as the old longing took hold of her. She remembered his touch, his strength and ached to be in his arms once more. Laura grabbed hold of the latch that held the door and struggled to release it, but it remained stubbornly set. She banged her fist against the glass and called out to Jimmy. “The door won’t open. Help me, Jimmy.” She watched as Jimmy effortlessly stepped over the short fence and walked across the lawn towards the house. Laura cried now with joy and anticipation. Then, as Jimmy continued to move towards her, she saw his hand reach up to tug at the metal fastener of his overalls. The snap yielded to his touch and triggered an explosion. The coveralls burst into flames.
Laura Martinez is the widow. Her husband Jimmy was killed when his car went off the road and burst into flames killing and burning him beyond recognition. After spending a few weeks morning his death, it’s now time for Laura to pull herself back together. She would start by putting their home in an exclusive neighborhood on the market and while she made her move to return to work. Work for her was Myers Aircraft Company where she worked in bookkeeping. Jimmy had worked there too which made it even harder for her to face the surroundings which had been a big part of her memories of him.
First day back and Laura is summoned to the head of security’s office. There she meets FBI Agent Keith Spencer. Some of the 1st words out of Keith’s mouth are to ask her where she has hidden the plans to the new Air Force HT-14. Laura is dumbfounded. She is one of the most honest, trusting people you would find and she is being accused of not only theft but also of deceiving her own country. Then Keith hits her with another bombshell. Jimmy’s death wasn’t an accident, he was murdered.
Following Laura as she tries to prove her innocence, as she too is targeted and almost killed and as she does her best to convince Keith that she had nothing to do with the theft, takes you on a ride from Arizona to Mexico and then into the courtroom. But if Laura had nothing to do with the theft, how were the plans removed from the premises? Who is trying to kill her and why? And who is really behind the attempts on not only her life but Keith’s as well?
I’ve yet to read a Carol Costa that didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat and this one is no exception. Well written and exciting!