Fans of tight suspense, sexual tension and gripping drama will have struck gold with BITCH FACTOR. Dixie Flannigan is a tough, clever and caring individual who can kick butt and takes no prisoners. With any luck, BITCH FACTOR is the start of a brand new franchise.

Houston bounty hunter Dixie Flannigan has built quite a reputation for herself. A former assistant district attorney, Dixie now tracks down bail-jumping scum. With Christmas only days away, she is handed a hot case. Old friend and attorney Belle Richards is afraid that her client Parker Dann has decided to disappear during the holiday recess. Accused of killing young Betsy Keyes in a drunk-driving accident, Parker can read the inevitable on the faces of the jury: unless a miracle occurs, he will be convicted. Belle wants Dixie to check on her client's whereabouts quietly and unofficially; bail-jumping would be the last nail in Parker's coffin.

Dixie catches up with Parker in North Dakota, just in time to be stranded during a fierce blue norther. The enforced confinement allows Dixie to assess her quarry...the only problem is, he might not be the killer. Parker remembers getting very drunk before the accident, but he doesn't remember getting in his car. Could someone else have "borrowed" it? The discovery of another accidental death suggests there is much more to this case.

(Feb., 320 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith