Could it be that someone is playing more than practical jokes at LaFollette School? That's what worries principal Keely Turner. If the incidents befalling the school are not innocent pranks, who is the target and why?

New deputy Burke Sloan, who is assigned to keep an eye on the school, is attracted to Keely. With less education—and certainly less money—he feels that she'd never lower her standards to be interested in someone like him. He's also impressed that someone so young is a principal and so involved with her community. Why would anyone want to hurt her and will he be able to protect her from the unknown vandal?

While the story has a good plot and interesting characters, the heightened suspense is watered down somewhat by the over-use of internal monologue and questions. (Jan., 265 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston