After winning a major murder case, Atlanta prosecutor Mary Crow and her two friendsAlex, a tall, confident Texan, and Joan, a petite opera-loving Brooklynitehead to the mountains of North Carolina. Mary will pay her respects at her mothers grave and then theyll all go camping. It promises to be an exciting weekend for the three attorneys.

What Mary doesnt know is that her recent victory has earned her the anger of a man who will pursue Mary to the ends of the earth to exact revenge. The danger he presents is real but pales in comparison to what else awaits the women in the woods. For in the heart of the mountains, the women will come across an evil as old as time, one that will place them in a situation so terrifying that words cannot describe it.

First-time author Sallie Bissells IN THE FOREST OF HARM is an incredibly powerful novel. Bissell creates a scenario of danger and suspense that will leave you breathless as you race through the book to find out what happens next. (Jan., 304 pp., $21.95 )

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg