I have finished the 30th book for the book challenge. I read Bolero by Joanie McDonell.
Nick Sayler of Sayler Security, a private investigating firm, receives a late late call from Bellevue Hospital. The resident, Joshua Greenburg, tells him that a woman suffering from amnesia and a concussion and who also has been attacked has had his card in her pocket but no other identifying information so he called Sayler to see if Sayler could help her. Sayler goes to the hospital and finds the woman who has no recollection of the attack or who she is or how she came to have his card. There is a phone number written on the card. Sayler decided to take the woman back to his barge moored on the Jersey side of the Husdon River.
Sayler notices that the woman is probably a dancer from her body. But from the attack, the number 44 has been carved into her back. A cab dropped her off at the hospital. The hospital is is trying to look at surveillance tapes to identify the cab driver. While the dancer is on the barge, Sayler’s friend Meriweather looks at various dance companies to try to find out who the dancer is. He discovers she is Hadley Fielding a former prima ballerina with the New York City Ballet. Meriweather is a savant with numbers and identifies the phone number as belonging to a Connecticut phone exchange. Then an intruder breaks into the barge and shoots the doctor staying on the barge, Edward Sloane. He is not badly hurt, but Sayler now knows that whoever hurt the dancer is still after her.
They call the phone number and discover that the number belongs to Margo Holderness, who was Hadley’s best friend from the Ballet. Hadley still has no recollection of any of these things. Then Sayler gets a call. Joshua Greenburg has been found strangled in the hospital. He goes to interview the woman who had been in the bed next to the dancer. The he returns to the barge. He is attracted to the dancer because she reminds him of a client he fell in love with and who was murdered by her husband. He relives that terrible time in his mind.
He and Hadley decide to take her to Connecticut to stay with Margo and see if that will spark her memory. They arrive at Margo’s mansion. Margo is married to a movie star and has Hadley’s dog staying with her. They tell Hadley that she is married to Nile Sutro, a concert pianist, but they are separated. They had one child, Gemma, who died suddenly. Nile has been told about Hadley’s attack and is on his way home to try to work things out with Hadley. Nick and Hadley spend the night at the Holderness mansion and another attempt is made on Hadley’s life. Hadley shoots at the attacker and scares him off. They return to the barge.
Nick and Hadley are to meet Sutro at the home of a friend in New York City so she can return with him to their hom to try to work things out. She still doesn’t remember anything. They are at the home of the friend. A man comes to the door and says he is Sutro and he and Hadley go off. The Sayler gets a call from his police detective friend telling him Sutro’s plane has been delayed.
The race is on to find Hadley before the bad guys can kill her. The suspense builds as it has through the entire book. This was a good mystery book. I really enjoyed it. Hadley is a mysterious character who needs to be figured out since she can’t tell anyone about herself. Margo sheds some light, but Nick must look into her background and Meriweather with his savant tendencies helps, too.