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.

NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is handpicked by Detective Flann McIlroy to join his investigation into two serial killings whose only connection seems to be the victims' use of an online dating service. The discovery that the weapon used in the first murder was also used in a previous murder of a Russian stripper links the company to the Russian mob and a less than forthcoming cop who retired after his subpar investigation of the stripper's murder.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick