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Without a Trace [Paperback]

Nora Roberts


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Book Description

October 1990 The O'hurleys
Redemption. With everything he’d seen and done, Trace O’Hurley was way past that. And nothing the flame-haired Irish beauty Gillian Fitzpatrick said could change the fact that he was just a disillusioned man with nothing left to lose. But somehow Gillian made him believe that he could do the impossible—rescue her family, take down a terrorist organization. Ask for forgiveness. Be one of the O’Hurleys again. At last.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373096259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373096251
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,292,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  68 reviews
77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying finish June 29 2000
By Anne Cahill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Trace O'Hurley, the first of the O'Hurley children but last in the line of books, finally gets his story told in this very satisfying book. Not a straight romance by any means, there is plenty of intrigue and excitement to entertain the most distractable of readers.
Trace, at odds with his family for a dozen years now and tired of his world-travels and work as a spy, is ready to throw in the towel when he is sought out by Dr. Gillian Fitzpatrick, a scientist whose brother and niece have been kidnapped by a radical terrorist group. He agrees (for a large sum of money) to help Gillian recover her family, but underestimates the bond that he quickly forms with her. Believing for so long that he is not meant to love or be loved, Trace is reluctant to give his heart to someone and even more reluctant to let anyone love him, lest he hurt them the way he did his family.
The terrorist kidnapping plot certainly moves this story along, although some of the details were a bit too easily resolved once the final confrontation is in place. The romance was extremely well-written and believable, and things did not just neatly "fall into place" there -- you knew they would wind up together but it wasn't overly convenient for them to get there, just like real life! The reunion of the O'Hurley's after all is said and done really provides a satisfying end to the "quadrilogy".
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!! Jan. 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the story of Trace, the long lost brother of the O'Hurley triplets. Boy! What a story! It was by far the best out of the series, not only because of the action and intrigue, but because it reunites the O'Hurley family. Gillian and Trace are a phenominal couple, perfect for each other. We're updated on the lives of Abigail and Dylan, Maddy and Reed, and witness the wedding of Chantal and Quinn. The conflict between Trace and his father has gone on for years and is really heartbreaking, but, man, what a tearjerker of a reunion they have at the end. Trust me, this is the best O'Hurley book and one of the best books I've ever read. You'll love it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trace is My Favorite O'Hurley! March 21 2005
By L. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of Nora Roberts' most dynamic family creations is the O'Hurley family. Frank and Mary O'Hurley are the parents of very talented children and the stage is their home - they are traveling musicians/singers/dancers and go from performance to performance. Frank and Mary's first born is Trace, who plays the piano for the family act while his sisters, mother, and father dance and sing. IN the family chronology, after Trace came a set of triplets: Chantel, Abigail and Maddy. Chantel's story was told in Skin Deep, Abigail's story was narrated in The Last Honest Woman and Maddy's story was recounted in Dance to the Piper. In Without a Trace we finally get to learn about the brother of this group - the quiet one who left the family act and seemed to disappear off the face of the earth.

Trace and his father had always been at odds with each other and as Trace got older, it was more difficult for him to understand why his father pushed the family the way he did. During one of these heated arguments, Trace walked away from his family only to be heard from infrequently since. Trace struck out on his own and didn't want commitments or responsibilities - he was basically a talented drifter using his musical abilities to provide food and shelter. At a seedy bar in a foreign country, Trace was approached and became a modern day mercenary/spy. Without a Trace picks up at the end of this secret agent type career with Trace trying to figure out where he wants his life to travel next. As fate would have it, into his life walks Gillian Fitzpatrick. Gillian's brother had disappeared under mysterious circumstances and she needs Trace to help her find him. Of course the sexual chemistry is there to add spice to this tale of intrigue.

Nora Roberts deviates from the standard romance genre in Without a Trace and throws a little mystery and suspense into the mix. It's enough to keep the reader interested and results in the book being a "page turner". Some of the plot lines are a little far-fetched but somehow Roberts takes them from a "no way would that happen" to a "well, maybe" type of thinking.

Once again Nora Roberts shows her devoted readers why they should remain diehard fans - the story is one that has wit, humor, romance and excitement. While I was reading the books about the O'Hurley triplets, I often wondered what had happened to Trace, as his sisters were always wistfully thinking about him. And it seemed like he never showed up for the important things in their lives (weddings, births of babies, etc.) but sent word to them instead. If he was able to show up, it was a very special occasion and resulted in much celebration. You could always feel the love this family had for each other, and Trace was always the quiet, mysterious one that the reader never heard much about. Nora Roberts built up the suspense through three previous books before we finally get to learn all about Trace. After reading Without a Trace I can tell you that it was definitely worth the wait! Now maybe Nora Roberts will continue with this family like she has with the MacGregor Clan and tell the tales of the offspring of the O'Hurley siblings. I can always hope...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where in the world is Trace O'Hurley? Dec 28 2004
By Nancy R. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nora Roberts, the prolific romance author first began her writing career in 1981 with the title Irish Thoroughbred, a book that I refer to as a pure romance book. Continuing to write for publishing houses specializing in romances like Silhouette and a series called Language of Love, Ms. Roberts wasn't content to just write romances. Today she is well for writing a futuristic mystery series under the pseudonym JD Robb and also publishes titles from the romantic suspense genre. I was therefore really quite unawares when I finally picked up the 4th book in the O'Hurley series to find out this book dealt with the O'Hurley son Trace, a man who runs from the family and their world to become a spy who works against terrorists.

Trace O'Hurley never enjoyed being in the family business. With a bit of the wanderlust in him and at odds with his father he takes off at 20 and never looks back. Saving a man from being killed during a barroom brawl, Trace is persuaded by the saved man to join an agency similar to the CIA where he will be employed as an undercover agent. But now at 32, trace's friend is dead and though Trace has had his share of adventures to last him a lifetime, he is tired of running and is taking a vacation after a failed assignment. Into his midst walks a physicist, Dr. Gillian Fitzpatrick, a fiery Irish redhead who offers him a great sum of money to find her kidnapped brother and niece. And it didn't take long before I felt I was between the pages of a Robert Ludlum novel with the couple in Casablanca walking down narrow and winding streets filled with danger everywhere. And if this is a Nora Roberts novel, it also doesn't take long before the young couple, first at odds with one another, are falling in love.

While I prefer to read books without a terrorist plot since the news is enough these days, I found this book to be a fast and interesting read and quite a departure from those books I most enjoy by Ms. Roberts. It was also a nice to finally meet up the fourth O'Hurley child even if he was the oldest. But if Nora threw me a curve ball with part of the theme of this book, she more than made up for it with the wonderful ending where there was a poignant reconciliation between Trace, his sisters and his parents. One thing Nora Roberts does so well is family stories and this series is no exception. And then you might ask yourself what becomes of Gillian, and her family?
I guess you'll have to read the book to find out.

Several years ago I finally read my first Nora Roberts book, Born in Fire. Since that time I am slowly making my way through all of her books. While I have a preference for her pure romance books and family sagas like the McGregor series, I often read her romantic suspense books as well. As I often say, a so so romance book by Nora Roberts is usually much better than titles by other romance authors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the O'Hurleys July 30 2014
By kpamommu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading many of Nora Roberts' trilogies and other books, as well. She never disappoints me, and now I'm trying out the audio books. Except for one, they've all been great for listening and reading along together, and that one, the audio just wouldn't work with the reading, although I did everything the Amazon tech told me to try, so I just gave up. I enjoy reading that way since I have some problems reading with eyes that want to water and blur after a few pages.

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