The victim of a near-fatal hit-and-run in childhood, novelist Jane Gale is left with no memory of her early years and many physical challenges she's constantly working to overcome. The only clue Jane possesses is a photograph of a young boy that was found in her pocket. Finding him is the first step to unlocking her memory so, over the objections of her friends and adoptive parents, she takes time out from her busy career and respite from a persistent stalker to begin her search.

It leads her to Louisiana cop John Toussaint, whose initial skepticism gives way to support -- and much more -- as Jane begins to put the pieces together. What neither knows is that John is directly connected to the mystery, and that Jane has unwittingly attracted the attention of the man responsible for her injuries -- and her mother's death.

Brand tells a disturbing, engrossing tale of murder and madness, adding her own unique touches of eroticism and humor. An excellent read. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99 )
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer