Sunday Times bestselling author Nora Roberts returns with a brand new standalone novel.
When he was nine, and his mother had her first deadly dance with cancer, Harry became a thief. Someone had to find food and pay the mortgage even if his mother was too sick to work. When his mother finally succumbs to cancer, Harry leaves Chicago but somehow, he can’t quite leave all of his past behind.
Harry lives a quiet, careful, rootless life – he can’t afford to attract attention or get attached – until he meets Miranda. But just when Harry thinks he has a chance at happiness his old life comes back to haunt him. Harry has had dealings with some bad people in his past but none more dangerous than Carter LaPorte and Harry is forced to run. But no matter what name he uses or where he goes, Harry cannot escape. If he is ever going to feel safe Harry must face down his enemy once and for all.
Only then can he hope to possess something more valuable than anything he has ever stolen.
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She also writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, with fifty-three bestselling titles in the Eve Dallas In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of Roberts’ books in print. She really is a superstar author, prolific in her output. She has a pitch-perfect formula that her legions of fans love and expect, and she delivers time and again. And yet, she still manages to create fresh storylines with unique characters, surprising readers with unexpected twists and turns along the way.
Nightwork is a little different to many of her previous titles. Not radically, but there’s a backstory before her usual page-tearing pace picks up. Harry Booth is nine years old when his mother is diagnosed with cancer and the bills start piling up. Harry turns to petty crime to keep the family afloat. Roberts builds a relationship between the reader and Harry that serves the character well later in the novel when some of his choices are perhaps not as understandable. I particularly liked his witchy-carny Aunt Megs, a colourful character who provides emotional support.
Harry’s fate seems set in stone. He’s a thief, with quite a moral code, and ends up in New Orleans, working for Carter LaPorte, who from then on has Harry in his sights. Roberts knows how to drive a story forward, and the plot zings along at this point, with Harry on the move and changing his name to stay one step ahead of LaPorte. It’s only when he enrols at a Texas university under the name Booth Harrison, and falls in love with his professor’s daughter, Miranda, that things become more complicated.
This is a fabulous, addictive read, with a bit of everything: crime, love, revenge, redemption. Nora Roberts never fails to deliver.