Ellison's second Taylor Jackson story is precisely plotted and crisply written, and there are several effective twists. It's guaranteed to elicit shivers with its cold-blooded, sociopathic villain -- and to keep readers on edge until the last page.

In the 1980s, 10 women died at the hands of a criminal dubbed the Snow White killer because they resembled the fairy-tale heroine. A child at the time, homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson still took the case to heart -- and hoped to someday catch the man responsible.

Now someone's murdering blue-eyed, dark-haired women in an eerily similar manner, so Taylor and her fiance, FBI profiler John Baldwin, just may get their chance. But is the Snow White killer really active again, or is it a copycat? Either way, the monster won't stop until he's caught -- or killed. (MIRA, Sep., 416 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer