Cold Light of Day
Book 3, Cold Justice Series
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2015 Winner of the Book Buyers Best Contest in Suspense/Mystery with Romantic Elements, and also the Readers' Choice Heart of Excellence for Romantic Suspense.
Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador’s Christmas party, searching for evidence of a set-up.
Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician’s daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.
Not only does Scarlett’s scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI—and Matt—aren’t thrilled with her, either. But as agents involved in her father’s investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst?
As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth they begin to fall passionately for one another. But the real spy isn’t about to let anyone uncover their secrets, and resolves to remain firmly in the shadows—and for that to happen, Matt and Scarlett have to die.
Plenty of espionage makes up this latest in the Cold Justice series.
Plenty of espionage makes up this latest in the Cold Justice series. Each of these book are so full of acts of betrayal and death not only from who you’d consider bad guys – in this book it’s the Russians – but also from our own government in some form. I love the way the author sets it up at the beginning where we know clearly who some of the bad guys are but yet takes us through many twist and turns before we find out who all the players are.
The story starts with a daughter trying to prove that her exFBI father was not a traitor to his country by being a Russian spy. Scarlett knew her father could never have done all the horrible things he was accused of 14 years ago. Now that he’s dying of cancer in prison she wants to try and prove he didn’t do it. Problem is Scarlett is a Physicist not a spy and ends up getting herself caught which not only puts her life in danger but also opens up a huge can of worms that has far reaching consequences.
All of the previous FBI agents we’ve met over the course of this series are back with Agent Matt Lazlo being the one that takes it upon his self to keep Scarlett out of danger. These two were really opposites but the attraction was there from the start and worked well. At the end of each of these books my longing for getting FBI ASAC Lincoln Frazer’s books increases. Hopefully the author will put me out of my misery soon.
Cold Light of Day
“Cold Light of Day” is a story of loyalty to friends, self-confidence, justice, corrupt politics, betrayal, manipulation, and a daughter’s love for her father. Toni Anderson’s readers see her pull out all the stops as she writes the story of scientist Scarlet Stone seeking to prove her father’s innocence for a crime he did not commit. Twenty years earlier her father was tried and convicted for being a Russian spy.
Each of Anderson’s Cold Justice series features new protagonists in each new story “Cold Light of Day – Book 3”, as well as working characters from earlier books in her story. In “Cold Light of Day” readers meet new protagonists, Scarlet Stone and FBI Agent Matt Lazio, who meet at a Christmas Party at the Russian Embassy. Lazio is attending in the place of his boss and Scarlet is attending with her best friend April LeMay, pretending to be LeMay’s sister.
Scarlet has another reason for attending the embassy party. Scarlet wants to plant a bug in the Russian Ambassadors office. She was hoping to record the Russian Ambassador saying something incriminating that will help her prove her father’s innocence before he dies of cancer. While attempting to plant a bug she discovers someone else’s bug and does not know she has been filmed by both the FBI and the Embassy surveillance cameras.
Soon after Scarlet is caught on tape in the Russian Ambassador’s office her friend April is kidnaped and powerful people start hunting Scarlet to stop her pursuit of her father’s innocence. Agent Lazio pursues Scarlet at first because he thinks she is a criminal and after saving her life twice begins to listen to what Scarlet is saying about her father being framed. If Scarlet’s father is innocent, Lazio and his boss need to find the traitor among them.
The story unfolds with the return of Agent Roony and Alex Parker to help find the traitor. As their investigation continues, someone is murdering those involved in convicting Scarlet’s father. It seems someone wants to stop Scarlet’s efforts to prove her father’s innocence. After attempts on Scarlet’s life, Lazio is sure the Russian ambassador is working with other powerful people trying stop the investigation.
“Cold Light of Day” transitions back and forth between Scarlet and the FBI’s activities and the activity of those hunting them. The fast moving story unfolds with suspense and thrills at every turn. Anderson creates intense moments in her mystery romance. Readers are kept in the dark about who the real spy is and how he went undetected for almost two decades.
Readers embrace the growth in Anderson’s characters and the romance between Agent Matt Lazio and Scarlet Stone. You will have to follow the leads and clues Scarlet’s father put in his notes to find out how this mystery is solved. The story is one of Anderson’s best and “Cold Light of Day” is a must read and earns a 5 star ranking.