Special agent Sam Chase is working on a heartbreaking case. The corpses of two strangled women have been found with eucalyptus leaves behind their earsjust like the trademark of a serial killer that Sam had discovered years ago, a serial killer who was caught and who could not possibly be at large. Sam just doesn't get it. She doesn't know if she arrested the wrong person or if somehow, the detail of the eucalyptus leavesnever made publichas leaked out.

Working with detective Nick Thomas, she feels the pressure building. Nick is sure there has to be another explanation, but it eludes them both. As they get closer and closer to a maddened killer, neither is prepared for the horrible truth that will be revealed.

Although the plot gets boggled with too many details at times, CHASING DARKNESS is a real thriller, a tantalizing story with an ending that packs a punch. Ms. Girard spins a tale that will surprise all. (Mar., 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg