Detective sergeant April Woos newest case spells trouble in more ways than one. Two bodies have been discovered outside a trendy restaurantone murdered, the other an apparent heart attack victim. The murdered woman, a gorgeous blond, is married to the restaurants owner, former NFL quarterback Rick Liberty.

Suspicion points to Liberty, an African-American, as the most likely culprit. And before April can even launch her investigation, racial tension rears its ugly head.

City Hall applies pressure to bring the case to a quick and satisfactory close. Former partner and erstwhile lover Mike Sanchez is also assigned to the case, and while this helps her professionally, it adds more pressure to Aprils personal life.

April and Mike are a terrific team. As they continue to fine-tune their investigation, they come closer to a killer who is surprisingly nearby, and who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks.

JUDGING TIME is a suspenseful procedural, highlighted by the complex, fascinating character of April Woo. Ms. Glass again does her research well, for the mystery rings with realism, but it is the complex, fascinating relationship between April and Mike that really holds our attention. (Feb., 419 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg