Hold on to your hats, DUST TO DUST is another incredibly intense and riveting thriller by suspense maestro Tami Hoag.

On the surface, Internal Affairs Officer Andy Fallon's death looks like a suicide. Homicide Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to the case, and immediately sense that things aren't quite right. He was found hanging nude in his bedroom. Was this a suicide, an autoerotic accident, or a murder?

Complicating the matter are two additional facts: Andy was gay and his father is a disabled legend. Mike Fallon was a tough-as-nails cop, who was paralyzed in a shooting 20 years ago. A young officer named Ace Wyatt saved Mike's life and killed the perpetrator. These days, Ace is retiring from the force to work full time on his now nationally syndicated TV show, "Crime Time."

Working in Internal Affairs did not make Andy very popular, but was he depressed enough to kill himself? Both Sam and Nikki have their doubts, and the case starts to smell bad when they begin digging. However, it is Mike Fallon's death shortly thereafter that really raises their suspicions. It would appear that an alcoholic and despondent Mike finally ate his own gun.

If both of the Fallons' deaths are murder and not suicide, who wanted them dead and why? Sam and Nikki fear that the meager trail of clues is leading uncomfortably close to the force itself.

(Apr., 368 pp., $7.99 -- Hardcover published August 2000.)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith