Filled with well-developed, multidimensional characters, Spindler's latest boasts fast-paced action and emotional tension. The high-tech crime is explained clearly, and the background information is imparted in a way that doesn't detract from the pace. The friendship between the lead female detectives adds a very human element that is often short-shrifted in thrillers. The intricately woven plot makes this novel a sure winner for readers who like to keep guessing all the way to the end.
They suspect that the hackers' ringleader may be killing to protect his or her identity. M.C. struggles to stay objective as people close to her are implicated in the hacking ring, then become victims. The detectives race to find the killer before he or she kills again. (ST. MARTIN'S, Jan., 320 pp., $23.95)