Researching a piece about near- death experiences, TV reporter January DeLena stumbles upon something even bigger--a street preacher who calls himself the Sinner. He's trying to redeem his immortal soul by living as Christ did, so he's kidnapping and imprisoning homeless men bearing the apostles' names.

For January, convincing homicide detective Ben North and his boss that she's after more than a sensational story takes some doing--and it's complicated by the attraction between January and Ben. But lives are at stake--possibly even her own.

Chilling and relentless, this story isn't for the weak of heart, or stomach. And even though the characters-with-biblical-names concept is overworked a bit, you can forgive Sala because January and Ben are so likable. Despite everything else that's going on, she makes the reader care about their romance. (Nov., 384 pp., $7.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer