THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB
Everybody has secrets.
It's just a matter of degree and absolution. American Gardiner's first novel to be released in this country (she's a bestseller in the U.K.) is a gritty, witty suspense story about what happens when dirty little secrets come to light. Forensic psychologist Jo Beckett is sharp, smart and just a little shaky on her own emotional pins. Gardiner's writing is sharp as a blade and carves a lethal trail across the Golden Gate's famous city.
Jo is dragged out of bed in the middle of the night to what appears to be an accident scene and soon finds herself hip deep in the psyches of San Francisco's elite, who are starting to drop like flies -- in pairs. While she tries to overcome her own ghosts, the city is also coping with the after-effects of a series of earthquakes and, it appears, there's a small revolt going on among the city's A-listers, and they're not above taking out a few innocent bystanders. (Dutton, Jun., 304 pp., $24.95)