Biological terror is the frightening specter raised in master storyteller Pearson's nerve-racking new thriller. The story and the atmosphere of this winter-set drama are both chilling, and Pearson's spare style and intense pace keep the clock ticking as a sheriff tries to solve a case that encompasses murder, kidnapping and biohazards.
Then Mark's assistant is kidnapped, drugged and tortured, all for information about some sheep. When the CDC turns up over a possible biohazard in a local company's bottling plant, Walt realizes that money and politics may be trying to suppress vital information about an even larger threat. (PUTNAM, Jul., 352 pp., $24.95)