In the wrong place at the wrong time, Blaine Anderson barely survives a clinic bomb blast. She flees, seeking refuge among the city's homeless when she's unable to reach her husband, Mark.

Making another attempt to contact him, Blaine accidentally overhears a conversation implicating a partner in Mark's law firm in the bombing, plus talk of an attempt to kill both her and her husband. Blaine is forced to survive as best she can on the streets until it's safe to let Mark know she's alive. No easy task, especially when she learns there's yet another life at stake.

Vividly written, Finding Mary Blaine is a harrowing depiction of any woman's nightmare. The characterizations are the best part—Thomas' people are wonderfully diverse, and there's not a stereotype to be found. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer