Having been rescued off the mean streets of Jamaica when she was a teenager, Selena McCaffery owes her life and allegiance to William Davis. Unfortunately, several years ago, Selena learned that her "uncle" was a criminal mastermind and then William tightened his control over her by forcing Selena to kill a man in self-defense.

Now William wants Selena to rid him of a problem: Homicide detective Tony Ceola has gotten too close to solving the vigilante murders, and William wants Selena to find out what Tony knows—and kill him. Trapped, Selena makes contact with Tony, only to discover that he's a man she finds admirable and attractive. Can Selena find a way out of this potentially dangerous dilemma?

Moral choices and risky loyalties make this story of a cop and his potential killer highly intense reading. Selena is a tough, damaged yet compelling heroine whose life has been anything but easy. Butler has created an unforgettable new heroine whose future adventures promise to be just as riveting. (Apr., 357 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith