Was it suicide or murder? This is the question when John Robicheaux's brother ends up face down in the bayou with a bullet in his head. The locals in the small town of Beau Pierre are going for the suicide angle, but John isn't buying that theory. He believes his brother's death can be laid squarely on the doorstep of a local plastic surgeon of renown.

Reporter Cassie Pierson's latest assignment lands her in Beau Pierre investigating the death of John's brother. But Cassie has more on her plate than this bizarre story. Her mother has inexplicably disappeared, and the chilling trail of evidence leads to Beau Pierre. Cassie and John form an uneasy, but passionate, alliance to unveil the sinister killer and find Cassie's mother.

Danger and murder are served up with tantalizing Cajun flair in this taut and gripping mystery. Sinister twists and turns lure the reader down a darkly shadowed path to an unexpected and very satisfying ending. (Jun., 304 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell