DEEPER THAN THE DEAD
A suspense queen returns with the launch of a trilogy set in the mid-1980s, when the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit was still a pioneer in an undeveloped field. Here Hoag does what she does best -- combines her talent for impressive characterization with her ability to weave a diabolical and tragic suspense plot. She induces shivers as she takes readers deep into the psyche of a small town rocked by the presence of a terrifying serial killer.
Fifth-grade teacher Anne Navarre is dragged into a nightmare when several of her students discover the body of a murdered woman. After discovering that the victim's eyes and lips were glued shut, detective Tony Mendez reaches out to FBI investigator Vince Leone, who is on medical leave after being shot in the head.
Unofficially assisting with the case, Vince suspects that the killer is a respected member of the community and, with Anne's help, he tries to get a clearer picture of the town and its inhabitants. With her psychology background, Anne tries to help the children cope, but darkness and danger are spreading. (DUTTON, Jan., 448 pp., $26.95)