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Title:
Glass houses
Author:
Cameron, Stella.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books , [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
356 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781575665863
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Summary

Summary

-- Stella Cameron is an award winning, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author who has published 50 books.
-- Since 1989, Stella Cameron's books have all appeared on at least one national bestseller list. That's 14 books in a row. Her last eleven books have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list.
-- Key West, Stella's previous hardcover (10/99) appeared on the New York Times Extended list and the Barnes & Noble HC Fiction Bestseller list.
-- Over nine million copies in print.
-- Guilty Pleasures and French Quarter were Featured Alternate Selections of the Literary Guild and The Doubleday Book Club

In "Glass Houses," New York Times bestselling author Stella Cameron spins a passionate, perilous tale for the millennium.

"I'm Scared..."

how can NYPD homicide detective Aiden Flynn ignore such a desperate e-mail, even if it is addressed to someone else. The cryptic message only raises questions. Why does the sender, an English photographer, refer to his fellow police officer Ryan as "Sam"? And why is she fleeing to New York -- and to a man she's never met? Posing as the mysterious Sam, he comes face to face with the beguiling Olivia FitzDurham, a forthright charmer whose proper British facade can't quite conceal a sensual femininity. Soon a harrowing, deadly game of cat and mouse whisks Aiden and Olivia from East Coast to West, to England's distant shores, and back to Hell's Kitchen. Along the way, they learn just how dangerous incompetent villains can be -- and just how quickly passion heats up when the stakes are high and the quarters are close...


Author Notes

Stella Cameron was born and raised on the southern coast of England where she met her American husband at a party in London. After their marriage, she left England and went with husband Jerry to Washington State to make a home and raise a family. Like many authors, Stella began her literary career as a reader. As a young girl, Stella was a self-professed reading "addict", devouring all types of literature. She learned very early to retreat from the demands of others into a gentler world -- her own. As a child and a young adult, books saved her because they helped free her while they entertained her. Her love of reading always went side-by-side with her love of writing. Nineteenth-century author Jane Austen was a particular favorite, and Stella admits that she particularly enjoys reading and writing books set in the 1800s, as well as contemporary novels. In 1980, Stella decided she wanted to write professionally. She attended writing classes and wrote short literary fiction for a year. It was during this period that Stella discovered how well-written and intense romantic fiction could be. Using her newly acquired writing skills, she began to write contemporary romantic fiction for Harlequin Americans and Intrigues. After several years, she moved up to Harlequin SuperRomances. In 1992, she made the switch to single titles with her first historical, Only By Your Touch. She has also authored a series entitled Rossmara Quartet along with several other romance titles. Stella Cameron sees herself as an entertainer and historian who adds her perspective to contemporary values through writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Cameron's new romantic thriller begins with Aiden Flynn reading fellow New York police detective Ryan Hill's e-mail. His snooping puts him in touch with Olivia FitzDurham, a London photographer who is terrified by threats concerning photos she took for an interior decorator. Aiden convinces Olivia to come to New York so he can protect her from Hill, whom he believes is a bad cop, and from whomever in London is threatening her. But Olivia and Aiden are accused of being the masterminds behind an art theft ring and so begin a cross-country odyssey to clear their names and find out what the photos reveal. Naturally, sparks start flying as they unravel the mystery. This sensual, fast-paced thriller is a stay-up-late read with wonderful comic relief in the form of two inept and constantly bickering art thieves aptly named Moody and Fish. A great follow-up to Cameron's Key West [BKL S 15 99], this should earn her new fans, especially readers who like Sandra Brown. --Patty Engelmann


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ever-popular Cameron (Once and for Always) executes a tried-and-true formula of romance and suspense and adds a dash of blackmail, Internet hijinks and transatlantic sleuthing with her latest, rollicking novel. Aiden Flynn is an NYPD detective whose social life is the pits; he's a Mustang fanatic and dog lover addicted to the emotional safety of online conversations in place of the dating rat race. He's housesitting a vacationing colleague's orchids when he starts snooping through his absent associate's e-mails. Desperate missives from a London photographer named Olivia FitzDurham catch Aiden's eye. Apparently, Olivia took some photos for a magazine style spread, and soon a man was stalking her, claiming to be from the magazine, clamoring for the negatives and offering a "kill fee" for them. Aiden urges her to come to New York City for sanctuary, but not long after her arrival, he finds himself framed as a cop-gone-bad, and the budding romantic duo are forced to take their love on the run. Cameron's characterizations are winning: Aiden is rugged without being annoyingly macho, Olivia is eccentric, self-deprecating yet charming, and there's a pair of bumbling British crooks who are a lethal version of Laurel and Hardy. The Judas character is spotted early on, there's an overlong denouement and some of the dialogue is corny, but these flaws are nothing a good screenwriter couldn't fix: this fast-paced book couldn't be more camera-ready. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved