LINDY LEWIS, a feisty romantic is happily married until her husband succumbs to a fatal illness and she is forced to face life alone in the mansion they had lovingly renovated. Burdened with debt, lonely and insecure about the future, when she discovers an infestation of carpenter ants destroying her beautiful home, this is the final straw! Believing she will recapture happiness again if she is rich, she is driven to drastic measures and deliberately burns her home to collect the million dollar insurance on it!
John Thomas, a con artist and master of disguises needs money and has a plan. Just released from prison he gains employment into an insurance company. Using the alias, Jud Thurman, he represents the agent who delivers the one million dollar settlement to Lindy, then another alias as J.T. to pursue her romantically in his plan to steal it. When Lindy discovers his scheme, a high speed chase takes place on a freeway as she flees for her life, and later finds refuge in a crowded casino.
At a gaming table REED CONNERS gripped a glass of whiskey as unbelief deepened the lines in his face.
Tanner Burke, his best friend was dead! He stared at his poker hand as the news chilled his body, numbed his mind. John Thomas was the killer, and he was close. Moments later as he glances up at the throngs of people roaming the aisles, he sees her. LINDY LEWIS! As a retired lawyer and now an investigator for an insurance company, he had been assigned to investigate a possible fraud, and is stunned to discover the person he is investigating is the same Lindy Lewis he had been in love with years ago in college. The same LINDY LEWIS who would appear out of the blue and manage to stir up his life.
Feigning a sick migraine, she begs to stay at his lake home to rest, aware of the previous connection between John Thomas and Lindy, and that she is running from Thomas, now Tanners killer, Reed agrees. Reed has been close, almost close enough to drop the noose.
Days later as Lindy is sitting out on the dock, Thomas and an accomplice appear and trap her out over deep water.
Thomas shouts “Bitch, where are you going to hide now?” Gunshots shatter the moment as Reed Conners and the law abruptly burst on the scene and Thomas and his partner are handcuffed and arrested.
Tearfully LINDY LEWIS avoids admitting anything fraudulent concerning her insurance claim, and she promises to return the million dollars to Reed’s company. She spends time in his bed! However, in the light of day, the thought of giving up her fortune is unthinkable and she vanishes.
As she steps out of her car in Dallas, Texas, she is mugged and within seconds the bandit speeds away with her new black BMW and the million dollars hidden beneath the neatly stitched soft leather of the passenger’s seat.
Penniless, Lindy is forced to go to work in a restaurant where she meets Dade Lampert, a gay millionaire, who needs her for a cover to keep his Daddy’s inheritance. When he presents her with a huge diamond engagement ring, then assaults her, Lindy runs, changes her name and appearance. The first of many.
One afternoon as she is having a leisurely lunch in the Regency Hotel dining room in downtown Dallas, her memory disappears.
“Hysterical amnesia,” the Doctor says, “but with rest and medication, your recollections should return, but I’ll contact the authorities just in case someone has reported you missing!”
Lindy froze. Something about that felt wrong! Luckily, her memory returns during the night and she slips out of the hospital. She comes face to face with Reed as he is wheeled into the emergency room, unconscious and covered in blood after being shot during a break-in at his motel room. He has come to Dallas searching for her.
Lindy is stunned. He has found her! Was he dead? She panics. With a stroke of luck she finds her car with the money intact and she takes to the roads again, this time to Hilton Head, South Carolina. She meets Mario D’Agustino, a drug lord and witnesses a murder! Realizing REED CONNERS is her only chance to stay alive, she races back to Minneapolis to beg for his help, knowing this time she’ll really have to return the insurance money, and without a doubt, spend time in prison!
Traveling with her fortune in a shoebox under the seat of the BMW, when she sees Reed’s house demolished, she fears Mario’s revenge has preceded her.
He will kill her next! But he will not get my money, she wails and hides the shoebox safely in a shack on the property just as a Corvette roars up and REED CONNERS yells “Goddamn it Lindy, where have you been? I’ve been all over the country looking for you!” Then growls, “Give me those car keys!”
Tearfully Lindy begs him to listen and she recounts her meeting Mario and Andre D’Agustino in SC and seeing Mario murder a man, the same man who had been following her. Tells him how she had managed to get away by hitting Mario on the head and tying him up.
“They will kill me! Help me please,” she weeps tearfully and falls into his arms.
“One last time,” Reed mumbles, and works out a deal with authorities that with the return of the million dollars and an added fifty thousand dollar fine, they will drop the charges.
“I’ll pay back every cent,” LINDY LEWIS vows as she lay in Reed’s bed later. However, awakening next to a cold pillow the following morning and finding his Corvette missing, REED CONNERS roars, “What the hell—?”
PS If you have never read any of my books, this is a synopsis of the first in the six “Lindy Lewis Adventures.” At this point I always feel a need to apologize as it was my first endeavor. As time went on and books later, I feel I have progressed somewhat in the art of writing.