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"A feast of suspense. Highly recommended."
-- Library Journal

Winner Take All (Marcus Glenwood Series, Book 2)

Davis Bunn

Marcus Glenwood's stunning legal victory over New Horizons Corporation came with a severe personal price. Now Glenwood is slowly getting back on his feet, back into his legal practice, and back into a deeper relationship with Kirsten Stansted.

But the CEO of New Horizons comes to Marcus seeking representation in a heart-wrenching personal matter. Dale Stedman's one-year-old daughter has been abducted, he claims, by the world-renowned opera diva Erin Brandt.

The case swiftly becomes the center of an international dispute and a media sensation. Before long, someone is after Marcus and Kirsten both, using deadly scare tactics.

What dark secrets lie behind Erin's magnetic yet manipulative personality? They learn too late that the woman will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Marcus Glenwood, the attorney who took on the nasty multinational New Horizons in The Great Divide (2000), accepts a case from the company's new CEO, Dale Steadman.

It seems that Steadman's ex-wife, a young opera diva named Erin Brandt, has kidnapped their infant daughter, Celeste, and taken her to Germany. The question is why, since Erin is cold to the touch, regarded her husband as a country bumpkin, and never showed any love for Celeste.

Germany, as Bunn is at pains to show, resists court attempts to win back even abducted children, because of the chauvinistic notion that anything German is by definition more peaceful and wholesome, particularly if the alternative is the violent U.S. Threading his way through the complications of international law, Marcus dispatches his assistant--and girlfriend--Kirsten to Europe to slap a subpoena on Erin.

Erin, always the temptress, confronts Kirsten with her old life in the fast lane, a life not dissimilar to Erin's, and of which Marcus knows nothing. Meanwhile, back in the States, another plotline develops at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. Bunn convincingly portrays the world of opera from the Met to Dusseldorf, and though he is not a lawyer, he has a gift for courtroom dialogue.

This is a novel about mature romantic love, and how we behave when we cannot find it. It is a thoughtful, moral story, although Bunn's many evangelical readers will find little in it that is overtly Christian.
      John Mort, Booklist (American Library Association)