The ugly death of a call girl known as Vassar causes far-reaching ripples in many lives, including that of ex-priest Matt Devine, who was ostensibly her last customer. Fortunately for Matt, investigating officer C.R. Molina has a good reason for wanting to exonerate him—she was one of the friends who advised him to seek the woman's services, in an ill-fated attempt to rid himself of a stalker, Kathleen "Kitty the Cutter" O'Connor.

Matt has another ally, although he's unaware of it. His friend Temple Barr's cat, Midnight Louie, is conducting his own thorough search for Vassar's killer. One busy feline, Louie is also keeping an eye on Temple and her love, ex-magician Max Kinsella, who's risking his life by attempting to track down the elusive and menacing Synth cult.

The latest in Carole Nelson Douglas' beloved series is an agreeably convoluted tale, peppered with clever dialogue and memorable characters. A great addition to any mystery lover's bookshelf. (May, 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer