Innocent as Sin

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ISBN-13: 9781428155978
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/26/2007

About the Author

Elizabeth Lowell, the pen name for the writer Ann Maxwell, is the prolific author of science fiction, romance, and mystery novels. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print, and they have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. She has written several romance series, among them the Donovans series and the St. Kilda’s series.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B. A., University of California, 1966

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By Elizabeth Lowell

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Chapter One

Africa Late March

Wearing dirty camouflage gear, boots, and insect repellent, Rand McCree crouched behind the tattered grass blind. His camera's extreme-long-distance lens filled the hole cut in the loosely woven grass. Even though the sun was barely above the eastern horizon, Rand was sweating. He didn't notice it. In the Demo cratic Republic of Camgeria, whether it was tropical coastland or scrubby interior, men sweated. It was how they knew they were alive.

Through the camera lens Rand watched the rebels—or freedom fighters, depending on your politics—wait next to heavy trucks parked just off the south end of the miserable, barely scraped dirt strip that passed for a runway in this part of Africa.

Next to him, his twin jerked, kicking the AK-47 lying between the two men.

"Settle down," Rand said softly. "The plane will be along eventually."

"Something bit me," Reed muttered.

"Are your shots current?"


"Then what are you bitching about?"

"I feel like a bush blood bank."

Rand smiled. "You are."

"How did I let you talk me into this?"

"Me? You were the one going on about a lifetime opportunity to get a picture of the most dangerous, mysterious arms trader since—"

"Yeah, yeah," Reed interrupted. "Don't remind me."

"Not more than twice a day."

"More than that. At least twice since—"


Reed shut up and heard the whining growl of turboprops. He raised his powerful binoculars and began searching the dusty sky in the direction of the sound.

"Got him," he said to his twin. "Coming in at three o'clock, flying low. And I mean low." He whistled softly through his teeth. "That's a ballsy pi lot. Or a drunk. His gear is raking leaves."

"Just one of the problems of flying without filing a flight plan." Rand concentrated on getting the unmarked, unlighted Ilyushin Il-4 in focus as it approached the dirt strip. "Keep an eye on the countryside. We don't want to explain what we're doing here."

"Nobody would ask," Reed said. "They'd just shoot us."

"Like I said—"

"He's going straight in," Reed interrupted, excitement in his voice. "You got him?"

"Yeah. Watch that you don't flash sunlight off your binocular lenses."

"Kiss mine. We're going to nail the Siberian's baby-killing ass."

Rand grinned. The thing about having an identical twin was that he was . . . identical. You talked to each other because you could. But it wasn't necessary. He'd do what you'd do in his place.

No thought required.

The plane leaped into focus. No insignia. No numbers. No identifying marks at all.

Surprise, surprise.

Silently Rand went to work.


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Innocent as Sin (St. Kilda Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No disappointment here!I'll start off by saying that I have read a fair amount of Elizabeth Lowell books. Overall, I didn't think this was one of Ms. Lowell's best books, but it was close to being the best and she didn't disappoint me in this terrific story. The story moved along at a brisk pace with me trying to anticipate what was going to happen next. Ms. Lowell ensure that the main characters Rand a Kayla were well defined and left no doubt in my mind that they were the key that made this story. This is a great late night read. Enjoy it.
glade1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fast-paced, enjoyable read from Lowell. Not great literature, but a nice quick read for a relaxing weekend.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lowell delivers another exhilarating romantic thriller. Kayla is a banker who has been tricked into laundering money for an international arms dealer. Rand's twin brother was killed by this same man five years before. They team up with help from St. Kilda to stop him before he kills them.With fascinating dynamic characters, well reasoned motivations and plot lines, and decent writing, this book is highly recommended.
JennieLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much of Elizabeth Lowell's work. This is only my second of her books and so far I have few complaints. I've read other reviews of this book that describe it as poor. I'm not certain why. It is hardly Pulitzer Prize quality literature, but as quick, fun reads go, it certainly fits the bill. I'm a bit of a stickler for details and this book did not present me with any overly absurd moments or utterly unbelievable characters. It is exactly what it is intended to be: fiction mingled with suspense.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arizona investment banker Kayla Shaw is in over her head and sinking fast. She's just realized she's the fall-gal for a powerful billionaire with an international vita and bloody hands.Ex-idealist, ex-mercenary, landscape painter Rand McCree lost a brother to a gun-running Russian killer. Now the killer's resurfaced, and Rand's determined to take him down. St. Kilda's provides the connection, but as the bullets and the sparks start flying, Kayla and Rand both have a lot to learn about the wages of sin and innocence.In spite of the witty dialogue and likable enough characters, the story is hamstrung by cardboard cut-out villains, too much political detail and not enough plot. Predictable, trite, and mediocre. Read instead Tell me no lies or Diamond Tiger.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More of a romantic-thriller than romantic-suspense. Lots of guns blazing, a major international terrorist, money laundering, etc.I did find the banking side interesting, although I have no idea if it was made up or closely researched.The characters never really drew me in, although they were adequately written.The 3 stars is relative to its performance as an escapist romantic adventure book. It did fine. Not outstanding in any way, certainly no redeeming value, but a pleasant way to pass the time.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like her writing style. I'm so pleased that I just happened upon her; I like to find new authors.Now that I read some of the other reviews, I suppose I agree. But, having gone into reaidng this with NO expectations - it performed marvelously for me. A decent story (not sure if it's believeable, but not too corny that I had to put it down), plenty of character interaction/romance, plus some action/adventure/suspense.I also like the series. I did not read them in order, but I like the idea of the continuation of characters that series books offer.
branchhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Private banker Kayla Shaw is conned into money laundering. Special agency St. Kilda and consultant/painter Rand, whose twin brother was killed in Camgeria by 'the Siberian', assist Kayla to escape her predicament, and of course, fall in love with Rand.
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PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell writes suspense that reels you in and doesn't let go until the very end. Her books are captivating and I've never been disappointed in any of her books that I've read. If you like danger, suspense, twists & turns, romance but with emphasis on suspense, and definitely a page turner author. Kayla is a private banker and suddenly finds herself in danger. Someone tries to kidnap her. Then she is accused of money laundering. Now she has the police looking for her and the ones who framed her. Now she has a contract out on her. Her path crosses with Rand. He's an artist and his brother was murdered. In his search for the killers, his steps cross with Kayla. Can't reveal anymore without revealing too much. Needless to say, I had a hard time putting it down. Definitely 5 stars. I won this book in a contest. No one asked me to leave this review. All opinions are my own. My apologies to the author for the delay in leaving the review. My computer was in the shop for two weeks.
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I love the st. Kilda series!
cah59 More than 1 year ago
highly recommend.
ssheppard56 More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Very entertaining. Great read
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