Burke, the daughter of prolific mystery writer James Lee Burke, shines with her first stand-alone thriller, a complex, chilling mystery involving a sadistic
serial killer. Readers won't need to
be lured into the story -- it's gripping from the very first page.
Soon Ellie's professional life invades her personal space when her older brother is attacked and warned to tell Ellie to halt her investigation. (Holt, Jul., 336 pp., $19.95)