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Gardner hits an impressive new high with her latest taut thriller, a three-way chess game — with the life of a 6-year-old girl at stake. Unbelievably gripping and clever, you won’t want to put it down until the final page!
Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren is not thrilled to be called to a crime scene by her friend and former lover, State Police Detective Bobby Dodge. However, once she gets there she understands. From her statement and the evidence, state trooper Tessa Leoni shot and killed her husband after being beaten and abused. Of more immediate concern is the fact that 6-year-old Sophie Leoni is missing. D.D. starts to doubt Tessa’s story fairly quickly, but finding Sophie is paramount. Tessa knows what her assigned role is in this drama, but she will do anything to save her child. (BANTAM, Mar., 356 pp., $26.00)
Jill M. Smith