I have a great many favorite authors. These favorite authors are on my auto-buy list. Surprisingly, Linda Howard isn't on my auto-buy list, but her books -- the ones I already have in my collection -- are some of my favorites for revisiting again and again and again and again. This week, then, is my list of Favorite Linda Howard rereads.
1. Kill and Tell, 1998
Still reeling from her mother's death, Karen Whitlaw recieves a notebook from the father she has barely seen since his return from Vietnam over 20 years ago. Karen packs the notebook away, putting it and her father, out of her mind. Until she receives a phonecall - her father has been murdered and they are after her, too. Running for her life, Karen entrusts the book, its secrets, her life and her heart to Marc Chastain, New Orleans homocide detective.
2. MacKenzie's Pleasure, 1996
Barrie Lovejoy needed a savior. The terrorist group holding her hostage surely wouldn't tolerate her silence much longer..Then out of the darkness Navy SEAL Zane Mackenzie arrived and led Barrie from her captors straight into his sheltering arms.
3. MacKenzie's Mountain, 1989
When spinster schoolteacher Mary Elizabeth Potter confronts Wolf Mackenzie in order to get Wolf's son back in school, she comes face to face with a bitter and dangerously attractive man still paying for a crime he did not commit.
4. MacKenzie's Mission, 1992
Night Wing-the revolutionary test plane with a top-secret weapons system-was Colonel Joe "Breed" Mackenzie's number-one priority. And weapons expert Caroline Evans was his number-one distraction. True, the stubborn blonde was giving him the cold shoulder, but Joe hadn't become the best of the best by giving up. Then he discovered someone on the inside was sabotaging Night Wing, and with her late hours and specialized expertise, Caroline seemed the obvious choice. Now Joe had to choose between allegiance to his country and love for his prime suspect...
5. Dream Man, 1995
Hoping that a devastating past incident has caused her to lose her clairvoyant powers, Marlie Keen is distraught when they return with terrifying strength, and she seeks help from Orlando detective Dane Hollister.
6. Open Season, 2001
For Daisy Minor, it's open season on men. The small-town librarian is tired of being a good girl, living with her widowed mother and spinster aunt. She wants to experience life and love, to have some fun, to meet a man. Before she starts her personal manhunt, she sets out to reinvent, or at least redecorate, herself. She seeks out a new look to match her new attitude, moves into her own place, and sets out in search of all the fun and adventure she's been missing. Soon she's dancing her nights away, flirting with men, and thoroughly enjoying her new free-spirited lifestyle. Then, late one night, she sees something that no one was supposed to see and finds herself in deadly danger. Suddenly, a killer declares it's Open Season on Daisy Minor, and Daisy's one hope, for life and love, is to find the perfect man to save her life -- and share it.
7. Mr. Perfect, 2000
What would make the perfect man? That's the delicious topic heating up the proceedings at the table of Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends who start off with the basics -- he'd be faithful and reliable, the responsible type, with a great sense of humor. But as the conversation picks up momentum, so do the quartet's requirements for Mr. Perfect -- and they write down a tongue-in-cheek checklist that's both funny and racy. The next thing they know, the List, as it has come to be called, spreads like wildfire throughout their company and sizzles along e-mail lines. And it doesn't stop there: the List becomes an overnight sensation, grabbing the interest of local newspapers and television coverage. No one expected this avalanche of attention for something that began as a joke among friends. And the joke turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered...
8. Son of the Morning, 1997
Targeted by a murderer who wants to foil her search for a lost Celtic treasure linked to the legendary Knights Templar, scholar Grace St. John must travel back in time to obtain the assistance of warrior Black Niall of Scotland.
9. All the Queen's Men, 1999
CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niema Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and John, whose love for Niema has only grown over time, is determined to keep her in his life for good. Having spent the intervening five years living a solitary, staid existence--due to feelings of guilt over the ill-fated operation--Niema is somewhat reluctant to reenter the shadowy world she once inhabited. Still, she can't resist the lure and excitement of danger when John asks her to join him on his latest mission to discover the origins of a deadly new explosive already in use by terrorists. Concocting a plan to reveal the source of the explosive, the two enter into a dangerous masquerade, walking a tightrope between safety and death, while passion boils beneath the surface. Unaware of John's feelings, Niema fights her physical response to the legendary agent as her emotions, in frozen limbo for the last five years, thaw with astonishing speed.
10. Now You See Her, 1998
Paris Sweeney is a moderately successful artist whose popularity is surging. When she starts to notice small odd changes in her life she begins to become worried. And when a painting of a graphic murder scene becomes reality she is in real trouble.
11. Midnight Rainbow, 1986
Taken captive in the middle of a conspiracy of international proportions, wealthy socialite Jane Hamilton Greer finds hope in government agent Grant Sullivan, who finds his mission complicated by his feelings for Jane.
12. MacKenzie's Magic, 1996
Maris Mackenzie's story--she wakes up to find a sexy stranger in her bed. Maris not only doesn't remember Alex MacNeil, she doesn't remember the previous day or the prize Thoroughbred she's apparently stolen.
13. A Game of Chance, 2000
Undercover agent Chance Mackenzie knew that the best way to capture an elusive terrorist was to use the man's daughter as bait, so he cleverly seduced Sunny Miller and set out to discover her father's whereabouts. Sunny's own innocence was questionable, and gaining her trust was nearly impossible. And even with all his experience and training, Chance found it difficult to overlook her beauty. However, Chance soon realized that Sunny wasn't running from him-she was running for her life, and she needed Chance's protection. But keeping Sunny safe would involve telling her the truth-about his mission and what she'd done to his heart.