Life changed dramatically for attorney Clare Westbrook. Inheriting millions from the father she never knew has allowed her the freedom to follow her heart. No longer does she have to take cases for people she knows are guilty; she can help only the truly innocent. With her teenage niece in Europe, Clare is at loose ends. Her relationship with detective Tony Sonterra is also a little strained at the moment.

Things take a weird and ominous turn when Peter Bailey, a paranoid schizophrenic from the clinic next door, walks into Clare's office. He starts warning Clare about the doll people, which makes no sense. But when Peter escalates to stalking Clare, she gets worried. The discovery of Peter's murdered body in Clare's pool kicks events into high gear. Maybe Peter wasn't so nuts after all. Clare and Tony are determined to find out, hopefully before anyone else turns up dead.

The dynamic duo of Tony and Clare are back in the second book in Miller's always-great mystery series. A complex plot, blended with sinister motivations and genuine emotions, makes this one terrific page-turner. (Aug., 304 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith