This plot-driven story, which opens with a heart-wrenching kidnapping scene that leaves the mother of an abducted baby in intensive care, is full of drama but short on character. Due to numerous points of view, including those of the abductors, it's difficult to connect emotionally with any of the characters. But Mofina's portrayal of evidence collection and forensic procedures is detailed and convincing.
As police detective Grace Garner and news reporter Jason Wade search for the motive behind the kidnapping of infant Dylan Colson, a murder occurs that seems to be connected to the case. As they search for answers, Garner and Wade uncover a web of psychiatric illness and black-market adoptions. (Kensington, Sep., 352 pp., $6.99)