Meredith Greene blames herself when a climbing accident kills a female client she's counseling for a phobic fear of heights. Then she decides maybe the girl's famous mountain climber lover, Eric Amundsson, might be to blame.

Both Meredith and Eric resolve this suspicion in their immediate passionate encounter, until someone else dies on a climb with Eric. Now Meredith must deal with high media interest and the investigation of agent John McCord.

A familiar plot, perhaps, but Lynn Erickson engages with her usual page- turning prose. The writing is flawless, the mountain climbing descriptions fascinating, but the psychologist heroine needed a bit more motive for seeking out her dead client's lover. Erickson's plot also needed a stronger measure of surprise and the secondary love story more development, at least for this practiced reader of romantic suspense. (Jul., 336 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger