China Browns life could be summed up in one word: Victim. From an abusive stepfather to the boyfriend who abandoned her, shes always been at the mercy of others. Now pregnant and homeless, she witnesses a murder as she searches for shelter. She is again victimized when the murderer shoots her as well.

Detective Ben English is drawn to this fragile woman who has lost her babyhe is determined to see her pull through. China is the only one who has seen the serial killer and as Ben and his partner investigate, they find that no one, from politicians to religious leaders to athletes, is exempt from scrutiny.

In a truly riveting story, Ms. Sala draws you in from the very beginning. She delivers main characters who will touch your hearts and quirky secondary characters who will intrigue you as you try to figure out whodunit. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson