Martinez's latest is intensely riveting from the first page, when a beautiful journalist is brutally murdered. The pace is swift as a federal prosecutor hunts for a killer who seems to have labeled her as his next victim.
Melanie Vargas has just been assigned the biggest criminal case of her career. Tabloid television journalist Suzanne Shepard was viciously raped and stabbed to death in a remote Central Park location, and Melanie is the lead prosecutor. The press dubs the killer the Butcher, and soon a New York government official is implicated.
Under pressure from her superiors to make an arrest, Melanie and her boyfriend, FBI agent Dan O'Reilly,
step up their investigation to apprehend the murderer. When Melanie starts receiving provocative and
threatening e-mails with details only
the killer could know, she believes
that her own life could be in danger. (Morrow, Mar., 352 pp., $23.95)