TV Detective Mallory Malone has made a career of investigating forgotten cases of theft, fraud and murder. While she appears to be a confident, assured woman, this image was hard won. Mallory hides secrets in her past, and one of them is about to resurface.

A serial killer continues to stalk his prey, and angry, frustrated Boston Homicide Detective Harry Jordan and his partner can't identify him. As pressure from the upper brass mounts, Harry figures that getting national exposure on their one lead may be the way to break the case open. At first Mallory is reluctant to take on the case. Mallory's first meeting with Harry intrigues them both. They have little in common: Harry comes from old money, while Mallory pulled herself from the depths of poverty. Their passion, however, is quick and explosive.

The killer carefully monitors both the police and Mallory's progress. He knows something that they don't: he and Mallory have met. Therefore she must be eliminated before all of the pieces can fall into place. These murders have haunted Mallory from the beginning. Mallory must face her own deeply buried fear if she is to be honest with herself, her viewers and Harry.

Intense, engrossing and exhilarating are just a few words that describe Elisabeth Adler's superb new release. Ms. Adler's novel brings a wonderful cast of characters vividly to life! (Dec., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith