The latest in Lange's Maxi Poole series is full of insight into the television news industry. This novel's strength is its gritty, realistic understanding of journalism.

Maxi Poole is one of the leading anchors at her TV station. She paid her dues and worked up from covering the shady nightlife of Los Angeles on the graveyard shift to anchoring the primetime newscast. So when her boss tells her that she will be returning to the graveyard shift, she fears that her career is about to take a dive.

Veteran journalist Tom McCartney has been asked to keep an eye on her during her nighttime canvassing of L.A.'s most crime-ridden areas. When a colleague is brutally murdered, it is suspected that a serial killer has come out of retirement. And what Maxi doesn't know about the motivations of the men in her life could get her killed.

This novel is an interesting read because Lange has a clear voice and an intimate understanding of the world the Maxi inhabits. It would be even better if the characters gave more emotional responses to the horrific murders that touch their lives. (May, 358 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jenifer Hunt