Still mourning her fathers death, Jodi Campion finds a kindred spirit in nine-year-old Garrett Keating, who lost his mother a year ago. Garretts father Reed is the mayor of their Washington town. The Keating family founded the town and believes they have a reputation to uphold.

Garrett has also made friends with J.T. Trager. J.T.s self-imposed exile is the result of the deaths of his wife and son. When Garrett goes missing, the town eyes J.T. suspiciously. Only Jodi refuses to join the lynch mob mentality. When Garrett is finally located, it doesnt dampen local suspicion.

Only Jodi and Garrett sense J.T.s kindness. Jodi has another issue on her hands: Reed decides their few dates are progressing towards matrimony. Torn between her love for Garrett and her attraction to J.T., Jodi is bound to hurt someone. When Reeds former love interest turns up missing, Jodi and J.T. find they may be in danger.

Intrigue and mystery permeate NIGHT FIRES. Once again rich characterizations and emotional depth lift Ms. Dares tales to memorable heights. (Jul., 352 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith