Block's new Matthew Scudder novel is a breathtaking ride. You won't be able to put this one down until the last shattering surprise is revealed.

Preston Applewhite, convicted of killing three young boys, is due to be executed in Virginia in a matter of days. The only person who believes in his innocence is a psychologist doing a study of death row inmates. But Dr. Bodinson is powerless to stop the execution because the evidence against Applewhite seems to be direct and irrefutable.

In New York, meanwhile, Scudder is hired by a woman who wants to check out the background of her new beau. Before she throws her heart fully into the relationship, she wants to be certain that he's been truthful about who he is.

Block proves again that he is a master storyteller. The seasoned mystery reader might think she can predict where the plot is going, but she will be wrong. Just when all seems clear, Block tosses in another bombshell that changes everything. With his usual direct and crisp style, Block tells a terrifying, engrossing tale. This thrilling roller coaster of a read is unbeatable. (Mar., 304 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters