Matt Lindstrom's wife, Gwen, disappeared 14 years ago, but her body was never found. Suspected in her death, Matt became a pariah in his small Minnesota town. Eventually, he settled in Vancouver, where he receives an anonymous call claiming Gwen is alive in Cyanide Wells.

Immediately departing for the small northern California town, Matt is unsure how to approach Gwen in her new life. (Several years earlier, she wrote a major story for the local newspaper that earned the paper a Pulitzer.)

But Gwen has pulled another vanishing act, leaving her female lover, Carly, in the dark. Unlikely as it seems, Matt and Carly team up to find out what's happening to this troubling, and troubled, woman.

Best known for her Sharon McCone series, Muller has taken a departure with this tight, crisp tale. Matt and Carly are wonderfully drawn. Another triumph for Muller. (Jul., 304 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Lorraine Gellly