Moving to Las Vegas is a chance for Chicago "Windy" Thomas to start a new life with her 6-year-old daughter and new fiancé. The new head of the Las Vegas forensics lab, Windy hits the ground running, rapidly gaining the attention of Ash Leighton, head of the Violent Crime Unit, when she quickly detects the killer from two suspects brought in for questioning. But Windy is going to need all her savvy and skill to deal with the latest killer stalking Sin City's streets.

When a family is savagely murdered, neither Ash nor Windy suspects that it's only the beginning. After a second family is slaughtered, they realize a serial killer is on the loose. What's triggering these violent attacks, and why families? To solve this crime spree Windy and Ash must desperately race against time and evil.

Gut-wrenching suspense and intense drama give BAD GIRL a gripping and thrilling edge. Jaffe demonstrates a know-how for delivering suspense. (Aug., 464 pp., $9.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith