Silent Partner : Angela Day has survived a rough past - from a hardscrabble childhood to losing custody of her only child to her adulterous ex-husband and his powerful family. But despite it all, at thirty-one she's carved out a good career with Sumter Bank, one of Richmond, Virginia's most venerable institutions. And now, summoned under mysterious circumstances to meet one of the world's richest entrepreneurs, it looks as if Angela may be on the threshold of a brighter future. A stock-holder in Sumter Bank, Jake Lawrence, the reclusive multibillionaire, is planning a takeover of a hot, new company - and he wants Angela to apply her considerable skills and charms to make sure it all goes smoothly . . . and secretly. In exchange, Lawrence promises to use his formidable influence to permanently reunite Angela with her son. For Angela, it's the one reward for which she would risk everything. And accepting Jake Lawrence's deal will mean doing just that, as his mind-boggling wealth and power come with the ultimate price tag: Enemies everywhere have marked him for death. And anyone close to him is fair game.