EVERYWHERE SHE TURNS
The dark and seamy lives of those on
society's edge give Webb's latest a desperate quality. This complicated story has a variety of villains, all of whom add to the relentlessly ominous atmosphere. It's riveting, yet dark and sadly chilling.
Dr. C.J. Patterson, a resident at a prestigious Baltimore hospital, returns to her hometown of Huntsville, Ala., after her sister's murder. C.J. escaped the inner-city streets and made something of her life, but her sister Shelley couldn't get away from drugs and prostitution. Determined to get revenge for her sister, C.J. goes to work at the clinic, which allows her to question those who shared her sister's circumstances. C.J. runs into Det. Braddock, a blast from her past and someone who's harboring a vendetta against the crime lord suspected of orchestrating a series of brutal murders. Is Shelley one of his victims, or are there others with motives worth killing for? (ST. MARTIN'S, Jul., 368 pp., $7.99)