Piccirilli's latest is part psychological suspense, part thriller, part alternate reality -- and boy can he write! His prose is a joy
to read; he has a unique
narrative voice, and the
dialogue is right on. It's a killer plot with a good mix of fascinatingly flawed characters. The protagonist
is full of both wry humor and despair and the villain is psychologically complex. The secondary characters are
just as memorable.

Once Eddie Whitt had a life -- until a serial killer murdered his 5-year-old daughter. Now his wife is in a mental institution and he's interacting with the dolls in his dead daughter's dollhouse.

Eddie is determined to stop Killjoy. But when the murderer resurfaces, he garners sympathy by kidnapping abused children and delivering them to the families of his victims. Has he really changed, or is this just another sick game? (Bantam Spectra, Oct., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski