The Ugly Duckling
Baker & Taylor
The wife of a high-stakes international financier, Nell Calder finds her life shattered when her husband and child are killed and she is disfigured, events that transform her from a quiet, unassuming wife to a determined woman bent on revenge
Blackwell North Amer
Plain, soft-spoken Nell Calder isn't the type of woman to inspire envy, lust - or murderous passions. Until one night on an exotic island in the Aegean Sea, at an elegant gathering that should have cemented her husband's glorious career in finance, the unimaginable happens ... and in the space of a heartbeat, Nell's life, her dreams, her future are shattered by a spray of bullets and the razor edge of a blade.
Though badly hurt, Nell emerges from the nightmare a woman transformed. Delicate surgery gives her an exquisitely beautiful face. Rehabilitation gives her a strong, lithe body. And Nicholas Tanek, a mysterious stranger who compels both fear and fascination, gives her a reason to go on living: revenge - at any price.
Enigmatic, with a shadowy past and more secrets than Nell could ever imagine, Tanek knows far more about the attack than he is willing to admit. Yet when he divulges the identity of her assailant to Nell, he makes the biggest mistake of his life. For as Nicholas gets closer to his quarry, he'll find his carefully laid plans jeopardized at every turn by a bold woman daring to strike out on her own. And Nell will find her mission imperiled by Tanek's dangerous magnetism, a temptation to which she cannot afford to surrender.
The wife of a high-stakes international financier, Nell Calder finds her life shattered when her husband and child are killed and she is disfigured, events that transform her from a quiet, unassuming wife to a determined woman bent on revenge. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.
New York : Bantam Books, 1996
378 p. ; 24 cm