Hoffman follows up her top-notch debut, Retribution, with another story about Miami prosecutor C.J. Townsend. Several years ago, C.J. prosecuted William Bantling, aka the Cupid killer, for brutally murdering beautiful young Miami women. He's now on death row, and someone is killing the cops who were instrumental in his capture.

C.J. is frightened. She excluded possibly exonerating evidence from Bantling's murder trial, knowing that even if Bantling wasn't Cupid, he was a serial rapist—the same one that raped and tortured her years ago. Now someone is killing those who know C.J.'s secret— and she may be next on the list.

Suspenseful and edgy, Hoffman's latest provides page-turning thrills. In addition, she pays attention to C.J.'s personal relationships, especially with fiancé Dominick Falconetti, a Florida law enforcement agent. This no-holds-barred thriller engages the reader in a thought-provoking crime. (May, 368 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick