Jump the Gun

      Meet Annabelle Starkey. Shrewd, sweet, and sexy. A Stephanie Plum without the Jersey girl attitude, plus she's a one-man kind of girl. Loves hats and shoesnotices them in odd situations. Can see when she might need to shoot to kill.

      Annabelle Starkey also loves movies. Why does her own life never match up to her favorite Silver-Screen scenarios? One day, by chance, she meets the charming but slightly mysterious and definitely magnetic Mickey Paxton at a book convention and decides it's time to live one of those Cary Grant films and accept Mickey's invitation to fly to Las Vegas for a holiday. Not so much a hook-up as a test flight for romance.

      The script takes a surprise turn when they arrive in Sin City and danger knocks. Suddenly Annabelle and Mickey are on the runfrom what? And why? Did Mickey lead Annabelle into this mess? Then the brutal murder of Annabelle's BFF in Annabelle's San Francisco apartment sends the couple winging west to that city where, once again, criminals and cops pursue them.

      In two frenetic days of fast driving, fast talking, and fast thinking, Annabelle discovers several truths by learning to trust her own instincts. And the significance of an antique hat pin.