It’s the deadliest February on record. Medical student Kate Deming lost her sense of humor somewhere between the prepubescent gang member with a bullet in his head and the battered wife who walked into a doorknob again. Working nights, Kate hasn’t seen her young daughters for days, and her marriage is on life support. It’s time to choose where she wants to match for residency, but she’d rather do almost anything than commit to another four years of hell. Kate’s colleague Jack is the only bright spot in this dark winter, and he’s ready to help her forget all her problems in his bed.
Add to this the sudden reappearance of Kate’s estranged sister Lara, whose lover has just been murdered. The police eye Lara as their prime suspect, but she thinks he was killed by her lover’s loan shark, who has given her a week to pay the debt before she becomes the next victim. How far will Kate go to help her sister, and what will be left of her life when she gets back?
Winner of Best Mystery/Suspense Novel in the 2009 Colorado Gold Fiction Contest for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.