Most of us weave the fabric of our lives with strands selected from the seven virtues and the seven deadly sins. Jennifer Murphy found another thread, and when it began to unravel, she left a man with a knife in his chest on her kitchen floor in New Mexico and a cry for help on Rainbow Porter's door.
Porter loves Jenny—in a way. At the very least, he has an affection and they have an accommodation, but the more he pursues the running woman, the deeper he digs into her past, the less he understands her as a woman or an artist, and the less he understands his attraction to her.
The cops want Jenny, Porter wants her, two ex-husbands want her, a killer is stalking her, and then two dubious figures from the intelligence community muscle into the chase. When Rainbow recruits Sharon Coulter, an attractive ex-cop and detective from LA, to join the hunt, they begin to close in on the central mystery of Jenny's past. But as Rainbow begins to understand Jennifer, he begins to understand Sharon too, and Sharon is damaged in some of the same ways he is.
Praise for the first book in the Rainbow Porter series, Monkey on a Chain:
"...plenty of action, including a final shoot-out, and even a surprise ending." — NY Times Book Review
"...a tough, sexy first novel that will keep you turning pages late into the night." — The Denver Post
"With this intricate, fast-paced thriller, Campbell is sure to make a name for himself. Monkey on a Chain never lets up." — Book of the Month Club Book News
"First novelist Campbell writes in a spare, hard-boiled style, and the clues are revealed seamlessly. Tension builds throughout the story to a satisfying climax." — Library Journal
"The book has the requisite sex and violence that make a thriller, but its characters have enough depth and history and intelligence to make it something more." — Albuquerque Journal
"The next time you start to pick up the latest Grisham novel, go for Monkey on a Chain instead. You'll be rewarded." — The VVA Veteran
"Monkey on a Chain is simply too good to be a first novel. Harlen Campbell has an eye for physical description that inspires envy and some of the best snap/crackle/pop dialogue I've read in years." — Jeremiah Healy, author of Shallow Graves and Foursome