Twenty years ago, the murder of the headmistress of Rowe Academy was a closed case. But now, the man convicted has been cleared and released, and crime writer Jameson Cross is determined to find the real killer.

His investigation leads him to three prominent women: federal judge Mattie Smith, businesswoman Breeze Wheeler and the First Lady of the United States, Jane Dunbar Mantle. Once known as the Lonely Girls Club, the three women share many secrets about their Academy days—any one of which could destroy their lives. Even the truth, which can be found on a missing videotape, is potentially dangerous—and possibly lethal.

Only a writer of Forster's skill could take the reader to the dark places in this story. This book isn't for the squeamish, certainly, but those with a high tolerance for violence and the more unpleasant aspects of human behavior will no doubt be fascinated by it. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer