Joanne Lessing is a divorced mother barely making a living at a photography company. One morning, she sees a motorist hit a parked car and snaps a picture of the man at the wheel. Though she reports the incident to police, she doesn't believe it's anything serious.

But soon FBI agents arrive on her doorstep, informing her that shortly before the accident, a man who testified against the mob was murdered nearby.

FBI agent Paul Minorini subpoenas her to testify before a grand jury. But Joanne refuses. It would mean having to give up her life and enter the witness protection program with her teenage son.

This story initially seems predictable, especially when Agent Minorini becomes attracted to Joanne. But it becomes increasingly complex when Joanne reveals hidden depths of her character and Minorini shows emotions that are contrary to his stiff law enforcement persona. With its unpredictable conclusion, Dymmoch's latest is an enigmatic psychological thriller. (Aug., 240 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick