As the new director of the River Trail Museum of Natural History, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon finds herself once again working on crime scenes. A deal with the mayor and the police chief has placed the new forensic lab in the museum and under her jurisdiction.

Diane is called to an unusual crime scene; three people have been hanged in a nearby forest. It's staged like a lynching, but the victims are Caucasian. Because of decomposition and lack of ID, discovering the identity of the victims won't be easy.

Things take an even darker turn when one of the forest service employees who discovered the bodies is murdered. Is there a link? Diane is also troubled by an apparent stalker who seems convinced that not all murders are unjust.

The second chapter in the forensic adventures of Dr. Diane Fallon focuses on the deadly and dark force of vengeance. Connor's breathtaking ability to dish out fascinating forensic details while maintaining a taut aura of suspense is a real gift. (Sep., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith