New York police detective Kathy Mallory is back, and this time her ex-partner, Riker, is the focus of the story. After events that took place in the last book, Riker can't return to the force and takes a job with his brother's crime-scene cleaning business.

There he meets Johanna, a mysterious part-time employee who does not discuss her past. Johanna isn't what she seems, and Mallory plans to out her and get Riker involved, hoping the game will get his blood pumping for police work again. But Mallory doesn't know as much as she thinks, and soon jurors from a controversial trial are being murdered, and Riker and Mallory must bring the guilty party to justice.

Once again, O'Connell has written a wonderful book that made me cry. This book probes deeper into Mallory's enigmatic personality and offers a whirlwind plot and engaging characters. (Sep., 304 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer