One of Jance's series characters, J.P. Beaumont, a homicide investigator in Washington state, is assigned to delve into the mysterious death of a woman 50 years ago.

Sister Mary Katherine, the witness to the crime, recently underwent therapy to uncover repressed memories. At age 5, she recalls witnessing the brutal murder of her neighbor, a young woman named Mimi. Beau's dig through the police archives reveals that Mimi was the sister of a man who later became a pillar of the Seattle community.

Beau, meanwhile, is disturbed by a more recent homicide involving Rosemary, the ex-wife of his former partner, Ron Peters. Rosemary was killed just as she was about to initiate a custody battle for one of their children. According to police, Ron is the obvious suspect, but Beau soon uncovers a sinister plot that could explain Rosemary's murder. But it just might put him in mortal danger at the same time.

Fast-paced and filled with multiple twists, Jance's latest Beaumont mystery is a true page turner. This is a read to savor in one sitting. Gritty and realistic, this novel not only boasts intense suspense, it provides interesting insight into the sometimes devastating emotional effects that a career in law enforcement can have on a person and his or her family. (Aug., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick