THE FINISHING SCHOOL

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When two private school girls are found dead from drug overdoses in a Park Avenue apartment, federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas quickly realizes that it was no accident. But solving the crime won't be so easy. Another girl that was believed to be at the scene, the building superintendent's daughter, is now missing. Plus, a victim's father, who is running for the Senate, and the headmistress of the girls' posh private school are hoping to avoid scandal.

As the investigation gets under way, Melanie is teamed with sexy cop Dan O'Reilly, the man she almost had a relationship with months ago, and old feelings are quickly rekindled. Melanie and Dan must cut to the truth -- both with the case and with themselves.

With her second novel, Martinez delivers another solid, well-plotted mystery that offers some unexpected turns. The characters are all vibrant and memorable, especially her engaging, clever heroine, and the romantic subplot is fun and spicy. (Jan., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino