Monday, August 27, 2012

"Heron's Cove"

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, with translations in 24 languages. When she’s not writing, Neggers loves to travel, hike, kayak, garden, and, of course, dive into a good book. She lives with her family in Vermont, near Quechee Gorge.

Neggers applied the Page 69 Test to Heron's Cove, her new novel featuring FBI undercover agent Colin Donovan and FBI art crimes expert Emma Sharpe, and reported the following:
The Page 69 test…I decided I'm game, but I had no idea what I'd find on Page 69 of Heron's Cove. Turns out it's just after Colin has narrowly escaped death at the hands of arms traffickers in south Florida. He and Emma have fallen for each other but he knows she received a tip about him…and she's holding back on him.

Here's an excerpt from Page 69:
Emma sat up slightly. "You're describing them because you think I might recognize them."

"Do you?"


"They could be anywhere. They could have split up, or they could still be together. They could have new IDs. Another boat. They could have had a car or a plane waiting for them. I had to bail too soon—"

"It sounds as if you bailed in the nick of time."

"You mean before they fed me to the alligators?"

She gave him a faint smile. "Your sense of humor is a coping mechanism."

He leaned in close to her. "What's funny about alligators?"
We can see Colin's trying to pry information out of her and she's resisting. We also, I think, can see their affection for each other. For her part, Emma knows that Colin's been through a difficult ordeal and needs time to decompress. She's also a private person, analytical by nature and not used to sharing details about herself. In fact, she is holding back: She received a tip about Colin from a Russian security expert, a man from her past.

Although it's almost all dialogue, Page 69 is representative of Heron's Cove in terms of both the suspense—who are the men who tried to kill Colin, where are they and what do they have to do with Emma?—and Emma's and Colin's relationship—the questions, the humor, the physical closeness.
Learn more about the book and author at Carla Neggers's website and Facebook page.

--Marshal Zeringue