When Sofia Desalvo enters the Witness Security Program, she transforms her sleek, sophisticated image into nondescript, ordinary Elizabeth Stevens, an English professor with a passion for Shakespeare. In a quiet, small town she disappears to pursue a teaching career without the threat of an assassin lurking in the shadows. She must testify against Frank Sullivan, a respected Lexington doctor accused of racketeering in a multistate illegal gambling ring and murdering a Kentucky Derby–winning jockey. Until this organized crime leader is convicted, she will live with a contract on her life. Sullivan wants her dead.
Sherriff Wilson Drake never knew Sofia Desalvo. He meets a plain, toned-down version of the intelligent beauty. Yet Sofia’s charisma and charm emanate from Elizabeth, her beautiful alter-ego with a gift for drama. Jaded by her ex-fiancé, she fears intimacy with any man. Wilson finds the magnetic professor irresistible and alluring . . . with a dangerous past.
When two women close to Elizabeth are murdered, his once-safe community turns into a sinister domain where high-stakes investigation takes over. It’s only a matter of planning and time before the killer hits again, sending another victim to a premature, violent death. Wilson knows that Elizabeth is next, and it’s up to him to protect her. Next time . . . the woman he loves will die.