New York, 1955. Former socialite Henrietta (“Rhett”) Bishop, destitute after her father gambles away the family fortune, takes a job at Redclaw Security. But Redclaw is no ordinary operation. Part detective firm and part enforcement agency, Redclaw regulates matters involving the growing population of shifters who have emerged since the onset of the nuclear age.
Peter Knight is a nuclear scientist shattered by the death of his wife. Blacklisted by the government and scientific organizations, he drowns his sorrows while searching for the people behind his wife’s murder.
When Rhett is assigned to recruit Knight, their meeting is more than either bargained for—a rival organization will do anything to secure Knight for themselves. Following a lead to locate a missing cache of alien technology stolen from Redclaw, Rhett is thrown back into her previous glittering life with Knight as her pretend boyfriend. But when someone from the past turns up to start a bidding war on the artifacts, Bishop and Knight wind up in a fight for their very lives.
This book is before the first book ( The Panther’s Lost Princess ….Redclaw Security book 1) It tells of how the Rhett finds out that it’s more than “just” a detective/security firm.
Rhett has been a social outcast and has been ever since her father lost the family fortune, (well he didn’t really lose it, he was laundering money, and when found out, he committed suicide) and other jobs haven’t lasted long, so she needs this and will type all day long if she has to.
Rhett (or Henrietta) comes to terms with the fact there are things out there that the “humans” don’t need to know about. (After seeing a few odd things, and then rescuing her co-worker from a “snarling and hairy man” her boss Ryker tests her and declares her a success!! And so Rhett becomes an agent.
So Rhett’s first assignment is to find (and possibly recruit) the
nuclear scientist, Peter Knight. Redclaw has worked out that the nuclear age is triggering dormant genes in humans (causing mutations, werewolves, and artifacts to act strange.)
Peter wants nothing more than to find his wife’s killer. But he can’t get any answers he’s been blacklisted and thrown out of the organisations he worked for. Peter feels like he had nothing more to give, nothing to lose, he’s given up. His only comfort is the bottle of alcohol.
The plot moves at a steady pace, Rhett and Knight both have an agenda, both don’t want to fall for one another. But as a rival organisation try to obtain (by fair or foul means) Knight, each will see the other in a different light. It’s a slow blooming romance, but with a strong storyline, you don’t always need endless amounts of sex.
It was good to find out more of the origins of Redclaw. And how it started from it’s humble beginnings. If knight and bishop are in the next book, then count me in.