Lonnie Blake has a right to play the blues. The saxophone player mourns the tragedy of his wife Suzannes death, the result of prejudice. Lonnie tries to put the past behind him, but he continues to see Suzanne in many women.

Lonnies search for someone like her leads him to a prostitute named Carol Dodson. He soon finds out there are several men after Carol and her four-year-old daughter Amanda, men so ruthless, they have left a trail of bodies behind in their search, but Lonnie cant figure out why. The truth Carol finally divulges is so impossible he has trouble believing it. But whether or not he does, knowing it threatens his life.

Reminiscent of Stephen Kings Firestarter, HUNTING DOWN AMANDA is a tense, edge-of-your-seat read. The final 200 pages of the story are among the most intense and thrilling Ive come across. Unfortunately, the first half of the book is confusing, and readers may not be willing to stay with it until the exciting denouement. (July, 384 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg