HEAT LIGHTNING

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This nicely complicated tale has plenty of edge-of-your-seat suspense. The villain is quite violent and evil, and the mystery moves along at a good pace. The main characters' acceptance of certain traits the people in their lives possess is well developed, but the lack of police investigation is distracting.

The spokesperson for Voice of Poverty, Luz Maria Montoya, is attacked and almost strangled in a parking lot. One of the investigating detectives, Grant Holcomb, blames her for the death of his partner two years earlier, and even though he was planning on taking a vacation, he is reluctantly drawn to Luz Maria. He even hides her in his home as the violence around her escalates. Threats against Luz Maria -- and her family and friends -- have Grant determined to find the attacker while struggling against his attraction to Luz Maria. (Love Spell, Nov., 368 pp., $6.99)
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Susan Mobley