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Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison
Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the
compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media
along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity.
Nobody ever gets hurt—until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead
and a half- million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.
Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an
eyewitness—a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones—from leaving the scene
in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him
off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with
Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison's exploits swells to a
fever pitch and the Southland's most notorious killer sets out after
her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose
between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to
consume him completely. With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless
pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the
secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may
signal the day their lies catch up with them.
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