When a man is murdered and found bound, police officers Kate Martinelli and Al Hawkin are assigned to the case. The crime is a particularly brutal one, as the victim had been a spousal abuser and it looks as if hes gotten a taste of his own medicine.

A second victim, who appears to have died in a similar fashion, turns up. This time, the victim is a convicted rapist. To Kate and Al, it almost seems as if someone is acting out dreams of being an avenger.

When another man is murdered in similar fashion to the first two victims, Kate discovers a connection between the third victim and the ritual burning of a young Indian woman. Kate and Hawkin must deduce if the three murders are connected or if therere copycat crimes going on.

Fraught with tension and edge-of-the-seat suspense, NIGHT WORK is one of Kings strongest novels yet. The story is a fascinating one and the author does a fantastic job of tying things together. Besides bringing us a suspenseful mystery, Ms. King also tells more of Kates home life with her lover Liz and this is an equally absorbing storyline. (On-sale Feb., 352 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg