Time to reveal the title of the book: The Man Who Did Too Much.
And the rough version of the pitch: George Starling is a man who does too much. Always has. And now this international man of action is stuck in a small midwestern town with not much to do. The woman who may be the love of his life - the one he rescued from terrible peril - has to recover from her ordeal before they really can tell if it's love or if it's just a temporary hero/damsel thing.
In the meantime Karla Marquette, reclusive small-town spinster and movie buff extraordinaire, manages to get herself tangled up in a case of international intrigue - right in her own backyard.
Running Total: 14624 Words.
Chief Rosewalt and George go head to head, again. Rosie pins his ears back and almost gets what he wants, but George is slippery, even when he's not trying to be.
I've also returned to an idea I had a couple of weeks ago, and then abandoned. I now believe it can work.