Dumped by her boyfriend and stranded in Oregon, process server Jane Kelly takes a job as a private investigator. The case she is offered, however, ties into a part of her past she'd rather leave alone. Her ex's best friend, Bobby Reynolds, supposedly killed his wife and kids four years ago because he couldn't handle the pressures and stresses of daily life.

Bobby has been missing since then, and now his mother wants closure. To find out what really happened, she must interview Bobby's father, Cotton, not the easiest man to get in with. Through her investigation, Jane unearths information that will make many people angry--maybe angry enough to kill.

Jane Kelly is a new and worthy addition to the private investigator scene. Unique and extremely likable, she has a quick wit that nicely plays off of her boss's slow and deliberate speech. The careful plotting is well done and includes convincing action and a strong climax. (Oct., 320 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer