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DEAD BEFORE DARK
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Staub's masterful use of suspense keeps readers turning the pages of this twisted tale about a serial killer who involves a psychic detective in his deadly game of cat and mouse. The vast array of possible suspects will have you guessing at the true identity of the killer.
A notorious serial killer is released from prison after spending 35 years incarcerated on a separate charge of killing his mother. Nobody knows he's the Night Watchman, who killed several young women in the late '60s. Now beautiful psychic detective Lucinda Sloan has caught his attention. Meticulously setting up a scheme to involve her in his crimes, the Night Watchman provides her with clues to find his victims, each wearing a watch with the time of her death. Teaming up with the former FBI agent from the Night Watchman case, Lucinda races against time to stop a madman who has already decided when she should die. (ZEBRA, Apr., 416 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: April 2009