The Blue Flu has struck the Seattle Police force with devastating results. A series of burglaries and assaults are wreaking havoc and the most recent victim is a police officer named Maria Sanchez. Marias neck was broken by her assailant and her prognosis is uncertain. Because of the shortage of officers, Lt. Daphne Matthews, the Staff Psychologist, is handling her case. Lt. Lou Boldt is angry and frustrated by the refusal of the sick officers to return to help one of their own. When a brick is thrown through his own living room window, terrifying his family, Lou is furious to realize it has come from a fellow officer.

Lous confrontation with Mac Krishevski, the President of the Police Officers Guild only reinforces the schism developing in the ranks. As Daphne and Lou look into the Sanchez case, they start to suspect that Marias assault might have been the result of a case she had been working on. What had Maria stumbled onto?

Once again it is time to immerse yourself into the brilliant storytelling of suspense master Ridley Pearson. This former hardcover top pick reveals why Pearson is one author who never disappoints. (Jun., 416 pp., $7.99—Hardcover published June 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith