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PRAISE FOR KAREN ROSE’S PREVIOUS NOVELS

I CAN SEE YOU

“Spine-tingling… Rose keeps the action popping.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Top Pick! A top-notch and diabolically clever suspense tale and a tender love story to boot. Definitely one for your keeper
shelf!”

—RT Book Reviews

“A terrific whodunit… a great poignant work… Karen Rose is gaining a well-deserved reputation for great romantic suspense
thrillers; her latest winner,
I Can See You
, is a super Minneapolis police procedural that also showcases the double-edged sword of online communities.”

—Midwest Book Review

“A hair-raising climax. For romantic-suspense fans who don’t mind some edge, or thriller fans.”

—Booklist

“Compelling… if you like creepy, gripping mysteries, romantic leading men, and brainy leading ladies, you will enjoy
I Can See You
.”


Examiner.com

“Skin-shivering suspense and a poignant passion between two vulnerable people combine in this lethally good read.”

—BookPage

“I loved it! Read it! Races into overdrive… with many fascinating twists and turns, and I couldn’t put it down… A great read,
and a complex love story between two people who should be bitter but have decided to take the risk to trust, as the scars
that bind Eve and Noah also heal them.”


TheReviewBroads.com

“Complex, chilling, and intense romantic suspense… Rose’s greatest strength has always been her astute gift at getting into
the heart and soul of her characters. Eve and Noah rank among her best… Rose is equally meticulous about getting into the
head of her antagonists.”


BookLoons.com

“Will chill you to the bone… With deeply drawn characters and a twisted plot,
I Can See You
will snare you in its clutches, leaving you breathless and eager for more. The suspense sizzles. It builds and builds until
you think you might come apart at the seams before the climax crashes down around you. Karen Rose is probably the best romantic
suspense author in existence, and she proves it once again with the unpredictable and unsettling
I Can See You
.”


NightsAndWeekends.com

KILL FOR ME

“Rose juggles a large cast, a huge body count, and a complex plot with terrifying ease.”

—Publishers Weekly

“4½ Stars! TOP PICK! Gritty and thrilling… A page-turner from the get-go.”

—RT Book Reviews

“Stupendous… an exhilarating thriller… filled with action from the onset and never slows down.”

—Midwest Book Review

SCREAM FOR ME

“Intense, complex, and unforgettable.”

—James Patterson

“Cold chills, hot thrills, and characters that come alive… Rose is a master of romantic suspense.”

—Allison Brennan, author of
Killing Fear

“Blistering, high-octane suspense that never lets up.”

—Karen Robards,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Strong and sexy… truly frightening.”

—BookPage

“Memorable… page-turning.”

—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Mesmerizing. Fabulous suspense. Masterful writing.”

—Betina Krahn,
New York Times
bestselling author of
The Marriage Test

“4½ Stars! Terrifying… Rose is a force to be reckoned with!”

—RT Book Reviews

“A first-rate, top-tier thriller… loudly announces that there could well be a new thriller sheriff in town.”

—Lorenzo Carcaterra,
New York Times
bestselling author of
Sleepers

COUNT TO TEN

“Takes off like a house afire… There’s action and chills galore in this nonstop thriller.”

—Tess Gerritsen,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Rose cranks up the heat in more ways than one… Emotional subplots, engaging characters, and a string of red herrings will
keep readers hooked.”

—Publishers Weekly

YOU CAN’T HIDE

“This novel is, in a word, riveting.”

—RT Book Reviews

“An immensely enjoyable read… that will have the reader glued to the pages from beginning to end.”

—Romance Reviews Today

“[Karen Rose] is the queen of murder and suspense… just terrific!”


RomanceReviewsMag.com

NOTHING TO FEAR

“A pulse-pounding tale that has it all: suspense, action, and a very hunky private investigator.”

—Cosmopolitan

“4½ Stars! Top pick!… Filled with heart-stopping suspense and graphic terror… In the pantheon of horrific killers, [this one]
surely ranks near the top.”

—RT Book Reviews

“A tense, chilling suspense.”

—Midwest Book Review

“Sets pulses pounding and pages turning.”

—BookPage

“Riveting… A caring women’s advocate heroine, a determined, gritty hero, and a diabolical villain drive the plot of Rose’s
riveting story.”

—Library Journal

I’M WATCHING YOU

“TOP PICK! Terrifying and gritty.”

—RT Book Reviews

“The suspense unfolds right up to the last page.”

—Southern Pines Pilot
(NC)

“Action-packed… a thrilling police procedural romance.”

—Midwest Book Review

“It’s perfect… Love the characters, loved the side stories. It doesn’t get any better than this!”

—Romantic Review

HAVE YOU SEEN HER?

“Heart-racing thrills… showcases her growing talent… readers will… rush to the novel’s thrilling conclusion.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Terrifying and gripping.”

—RT Book Reviews

DON’T TELL

“As gripping as a cold hand on the back of one’s neck… and tempered by lovable characters and a moving romance.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A definite page-turner that never lets up until the last page.”


RomRevToday.com

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Copyright

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are
used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

Copyright © 2010 by Karen Rose Hafer

Excerpt from
I Can See You
copyright © 2009 by Karen Rose Hafer

All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced,
distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written
permission of the publisher.

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First eBook Edition: June 2010

ISBN: 978-0-446-56357-4

To Martin, my heart.

To Lt. Kate Czaja and firefighters everywhere.
Thank you for your courage and sacrifice.

To Karen Kosztolnyik. Thank you.

Contents

Praise For Karen Rose’s Previous Novels

Also by Karen Rose

Copyright

Acknowledgments

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-one

Chapter Twenty-two

Chapter Twenty-three

Chapter Twenty-four

Chapter Twenty-five

Chapter Twenty-six

Chapter Twenty-seven

Chapter Twenty-eight

About the Author

A Preview of
I Can See You

Prologue

Chapter One

Acknowledgments

Lt. Kate Czaja and Fire Station 2, Charlotte County Fire and EMS, for allowing me to visit your firehouse and for answering
my firefighter questions. You guys rock.

Katrina Gibson, for her help on firefighting in cold climates.

Ginny Czaja, for putting in a good word for me with her delightful daughter Kate.

Julia Roper, for assistance with Latin phrases.
Gratias tibi ago.

Beth Miller and Rita Grindle, for their insight into the Jewish faith.

Sonie Lasker, for her help with the fight scenes.

Marc Conterato, for all things medical.

Danny Agan, for answering all my law enforcement protocol questions.

Robin Rue, for everything.

Kay Conterato, Terri Bolyard, and Jean Mason for all your support.

Cheryl Wilson and Betina Krahn for your insight and patience as I plotted this book.

As always, all mistakes are my own.

Prologue

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday, September 20, 12:00 a.m.

T
hey’d shown up. He had to admit he was surprised. He didn’t think they’d had the cojones, especially the girl. Of all of them,
he hadn’t thought she’d follow through.

Four college kids, all dressed in black. Four college kids with way too much time. Two of them with way too much of their
daddy’s money. If all went according to plan, a great deal of their daddy’s money would soon belong to him.

It was rule number one of his world—if people didn’t want to be blackmailed, they shouldn’t do bad things. Rule number two—if
they did bad things, they should be smart enough not to get caught. The four college kids weren’t very smart.

From the cover of the trees the condo developer had taken such pains to preserve, he watched the four approach, while he filmed
every step they took. Their faces were plainly visible in the moonlight, and although he’d bet their daddy’s money they believed
they were being stealthy, they moved with enough noise to wake the dead.

“Wait.” One of the four stopped. His name was Joel, and of the three young men, he had been the most enthusiastic proponent
of their plan. “Let’s think this through.”

Interesting.
Conflict always added a little excitement. Unseen, he kept filming.

“No waiting,” the girl said. Her name was Mary, and she was a bitch. “We agreed. All of us, Joel. This condo has got to go.
We have to send a message.”

“She’s right.” This from Eric, the so-called brains of the group. As if. “This is our one chance to make a difference to these
wetlands. If we do nothing, this whole lake will be nothing but condos.” He turned to the large brute standing behind him.
“The guard will be doing his outside sweep in two minutes. He’ll exit the building from the service door in the back. You
know what to do. Come on, people. Let’s roll.”

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