IN HIS PROTECTIVE CUSTODY
IN HIS PROTECTIVE CUSTODY (4) Marie Ferrarella: Dr. Aleksandra Pulaski is an exhausted resident with new next-door neighbors. She soon realizes that the husband is abusive. Used to taking action, Alyx calls the police, but when Officer Zane Calloway arrives he is not convinced that anyone was abused. Zane’s mother had falsely accused his father of abuse, and his father ended up killing himself. When Zane is shot during a holdup, Alyx treats him at the hospital. After her neighbor beats his wife to death, Alyx becomes his next target. While a story that has a police officer not believing a claim of spousal abuse can be upsetting to some, Ferrarella handles things with her usual strong writing. And though Zane is initially hard to sympathize with, in the author’s capable hands and thanks to her strong characterization, he becomes an appealing hero.