The Last Resort

The Last Resort

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"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." - Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

The Last Resort

Author: Valerie Douglas
Pages: 388
Category: Women\'s fiction
Publication Date: 2014

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When Jack Spencer, Head of Security for Fairview Mountain Resort, calls about a missing coed, computer tech and sometime troubleshooter Carrie Anderson answers. Jack knows that on the side Carrie is part of a team who help domestic violence victims escape their homes and abusers.
Complicating things for Carrie is the handsome new attorney in town.
What she finds while searching for the missing coed, though, will test her skill at making people disappear and put all their lives at risk.
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