FADE TO BLACK
Man's inhumanity is on full display in the launch book of Parrish's Black CATs series. The diabolical plot yields a chillingly brutal, yet riveting, story. One team member takes center stage in the first book, but Parrish does a great job introducing the supporting players. When it comes to gritty and edgy suspense, she makes all the right moves.
FBI Special Agent Dean Taggert recently joined the newly formed Cyber Action Team, whose focus is Internet-related murders. Although he's seen plenty of violent crimes, nothing prepares him for the gruesome case before them. A madman calling himself the Reaper hosts a secret website called Satan's Playground, where he commits murders before the cameras. Even more disgusting, members participate in an auction to choose the method of death. Clues on the first victim lead Dean to tiny Hope Valley, where he enlists the help of sexy and serious Sheriff Stacey Rhodes. (SIGNET, Jul., 368 pp., $7.99)