Sala's marvelous characters are larger-than-life -- especially Cat, who's easy to relate to despite her edge. The only problem with the story is the gigantic coincidence thrown in at the end, but since it could mean a sequel, readers may be inclined to forgive.
The police won't take her fears seriously, even when Mimi's car is found, abandoned -- and the trail leads Cat directly to Mimi's boss, millionaire businessman Mark Presley. Wilson agrees to lend a hand because his gut tells him Cat's onto something -- and he wants to get to know her better. (MIRA, Nov., 384 pp., $7.99)