Fast Track

Fast Track

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780525954453
  • 336 Pages
  • Dutton
  • Adult


Family secrets and a hidden past—a woman’s search to uncover the truth ignites danger and passion in the latest novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he’s unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama.

Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia’s life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.


Praise for Fast Track

“This tale of treachery and danger crosses continents in style, and long-time fans will be excited to catch up.” - RT Book Reviews

Fast Track is classic Julie Garwood. You will find this book filled with believable dialogue, warm loving characters, chilling danger and downright sexy hunks.” – Fresh Fiction


“Whoever thinks romantic suspense is dead should read a Julie Garwood book.”
USA Today

“A trusted brand name in romantic suspense.”

“Julie Garwood is an old hand at romance. When she’s on, you can expect snappy dialogue, a fast-moving plot, and a believable romance.”
The Kansas City Star on Hotshot

“A great plot with strong characters and red-hot romance.”
Publishers Weekly on Sweet Talk

“When it comes to striking the perfect balance between sexy romance and spine-tingling suspense, the consistently bestselling Garwood is unrivaled.”
Booklist on Sweet Talk

“Garwood knows how to create soul-stirring characters.”
The Huffington Post on Sweet Talk

Praise for Julie Garwood

“…it’s those timely subjects set against a timeless background that attract so many modern readers.”
USA Today

“A trusted brand name in romantic suspense.”

“…gripping escapism of the tallest order.”
Kirkus Reviews
“The name Garwood is synonymous with stories that are packed with danger, passion and humor — all of which combine in an outstanding reading experience.”
Romantic Times

Praise for Sweet Talk:

“A great plot with strong characters and red-hot romance.”
Publishers Weekly

“When it comes to striking the perfect balance between sexy romance and spine-tingling suspense, the consistently best-selling Garwood is unrivaled.”

“Garwood knows how to create soul-stirring characters.”
Huffington Post



1. You’ve written more than two dozen novels, almost all of which have gone on to become New York Times bestsellers. It’s clear that your inspiration is boundless – but how do you determine from book to book which story to tackle next?

JG: I usually have a dozen story ideas running through my head at any given time, but eventually there will be one that fights its way to the front—the one that I can’t stop thinking about. In the case of FAST TRACK, I had already introduced the main characters, Aiden and Cordie, in a couple of other books. It was inevitable that these two would get together. I just didn’t know how. I actually thought about them for several years, and then their story just came to me. Generally my books begin with one scene. I see it playing out, and then I begin to ask questions about who is in the scene and what happens next. From there the story unfolds.

2 .At the center of your latest novel, Fast Track, exists a rock-solid father-daughter relationship. What is it about this kind of relationship that makes it perfect to serve as the springboard for such an emotionally charged, complicated story?

JG: I love to write about families. To me, the dynamics and emotions among family members always make for interesting stories. Some family relationships are loving and happy, and some are toxic. I’ve written about almost every type, from a sociopathic mother with no motherly instincts in KILLJOY to a close-knit New England brood in my Buchanan books. Cordie’s bond with her father was a strong and caring one. He was the only family she had, and she was devoted to him, so when she discovers a painful secret from his past, she instinctively wants to do something about it.

2. Where did you find the inspiration for this particular story’s intricacies – the mysterious roots, the complicated familial ties, the dangers and benefits of such ties?

JG: As I said, it took me a while to know Cordie’s and Aiden’s story, but I finally found it in MURDER LIST, the book in which these two first appeared. In that story I describe Cordie as a woman who is a contradiction because she’s beautiful and feminine but also comfortable working on a car, the result of being raised by her father after losing her mother at a young age. I knew the relationship between father and daughter had to be pretty special, but I didn’t know anything about the mother. When I began to explore her character a little more, I found out what happened to her, and it became a really intriguing story that would put Cordie an Aiden together in the right place at the right time.

3. If a reader were coming to your novels for the first time via FAST TRACK and, naturally, wanted more after the conclusion of Cordie and Aidan’s story, which of your books would you recommend he or she pick up next?

JG: I’d recommend they look at MURDER LIST and FIRE AND ICE. These two books precede FAST TRACK and are about Cordie’s best friends, Regan and Sophie.

4. Any thoughts on where your next book will start off?

JG: I’m working on it now. It’s a little early to tell much, but I can reveal that it’s about a young woman whose dreams have been taken away by a family crisis. She’s put up so many shields in her life she doesn’t believe she needs anyone…and then she meets the man who is going to change everything.

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