Typically psychologist Alex Delaware assists his close friend LAPD Lt. Milo Sturgis in solving a homicide, but this time it’s his own work that places him in danger. Custody battles are generally nasty, but Kellerman kicks this one up to a whole new level as the fight over a baby turns ugly. The human mind and motivations can be complex and murky, as Alex knows all too well.
Lately Alex has been working as an independent expert in custody cases. When he is asked to evaluate a custody battle between two polar-opposite sisters over one sister’s infant daughter, he sides with the free-spirited, but troubled mother rather than the rigid aunt, Dr. Constance Sykes. Connie delivers an offhanded death threat that Alex brushes off, but soon Milo alerts him that a hit has been placed on him. Then Connie is found dead and her sister flees with the baby, and Alex must try to protect the infant and himself. (BALLANTINE, Feb., 352 pp., $28.00)