About to open their own P.I. agency, Maxine "Max" Stuart and cohort Tempest "Stormy" Jones are in the midst of moving when their old friend, Jason Beck, calls. He needs their help to find his missing sister. They take the case, and with the assistance of ex-cop Lou Malone, begin to search.

It's soon clear that there's more going on in Endover, New Hampshire—the origin of Jason's sister's panicked final phone call—than meets the eye. Something dark affects them all, particularly Stormy, and it pushes Lou finally into Max's waiting arms.

A prisoner of his past, Lou isn't ready to let Max into his life, but she isn't taking no for an answer much longer.

The latest in Shayne's popular Wings in the Night series, this is a strong effort. The pace lags a bit in the middle, but it's not an impediment; the characters and their interplay more than hold the reader's interest. (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer