Few characters match up as well as Cat Dupree and Wilson McKay. One hopes that this taut, intriguing tale is only the first of many adventures they'll share. Solomon Tutuola's a well-written villain too.
Worried, ticked off and hurt, Wilson withdraws emotionally from Cat but, when push comes to shove, he has her back. Getting used to that is even tougher for Cat than handling desperate criminals! (MIRA, Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)