Sala's latest has some excellent characters and a highly dramatic conflict. Jonah and Luce's relationship is sweet and sexy, and the story's compelling, except possibly for those who might be skeptical about Jonah's mystical healing powers.

Living on the road has taken a toll on Jonah Gray Wolf. All he wants is a home of his own and to be left in peace. But Major Bourdain refuses to respect his wishes. Jonah is a healer and once saved Bourdain's life. Now Bourdain thinks Jonah can help him live forever -- and he intends to do whatever it takes to capture him and use his gifts.

Equally determined not to be caught, Jonah seeks refuge in the small-town home of Luce Andahar, a diner waitress with some dark secrets of her own. While he's there, he's almost able to believe that his dream can come true -- that he and Luce can make a life together. Then the dream becomes a nightmare as Bourdain closes in. (MIRA, Apr., 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer