It’s a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.Now, after 18 years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn't been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention and endangering her very life. Though stress and shock have made her feel somewhat invincible and a little cocky, Lily knows that she too can be taken out in an instant. And if it’s her time, so be it. She intends to go down fighting.A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders are to either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope as he tries to avoid a major international incident while still battling a tenacious foe who is dogging their every step. Keeping laser focus on her task at hand while vigilantly watching her back, Mansfield never sees the lethal peril that lies directly in her path...and how loyalty has a price.
Linda S. Howington, an American author, was born in Alabama in 1950. She writes romance/suspense novels under the pseudonym Linda Howard. Inspired by the iconic novel, Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, Howard began writing stories for her own enjoyment, until, after 20 years, she finally submitted a novel for publication. That novel set her a on a very successful career.
Linda's husband is a professional bass tournament competitor, and she travels with him and works on her laptop as he is competing. They live on a farm in Alabama in a beautiful, large home, where they raise cattle and have two furry pal golden retrievers.