When an elderly man is found dead in a Los Angeles park, homicide detective Jessica Drake is moved by his plight. She feels sorry for him, feeling that he may have been a homeless man with no place to go. Her preliminary investigation begins to give her misgivings when it becomes apparent that the elderly man was a holocaust survivor, and that he may have been murdered elsewhere.

When an autopsy proves that the man was indeed murdered, Jessie starts an investigation that opens a whole new can of worms. Someone has been swindling holocaust survivors out of monies that were left in Swiss bank accounts. This strikes a personal note for Jessie since her mother recently admitted that she, instead of being American-born, is Polish born, Jewish, and the only member of her family to have survived the holocaust. Complicating matters even more is the fact that Jessies ex husband, investigative reporter Gary Drake, has reentered her life, and although the attraction is mutual, she cant be sure she can trust him on a professional basis.

Involving on many levels, BLOOD MONEY is a riveting story that will leave you spellbound. Krich is an old pro at creating and maintaining suspense, as she proves in this newest saga of Jessie Drake. The unusual and compelling storyline replete with touching characters will linger long in your memory. (Feb., 352 pp., $8.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg