Police Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico is on the trail of a serial killer who murders and mutilates young women from respectable families and uses a medical research facility to dispose of their bodies.

Set in the 1960s, this mystery -- from the phenom author of The Thorn Birds -- is a classic whodunit, solved without the benefit of high-tech forensics. The potential suspects work at a neurological research facility in Connecticut that conducts animal experimentation. The in-depth descriptions of the labs and the people working there guide readers into an unusual setting that's filled with fascinating characters whose egos and oddities make them all seem like they could fit the psychological profile of a maniacal killer.

McCullough's novel is filled with tension and unexpected turns that draw the suspense out to the very end. It's a bit difficult to keep track of the various researchers at the onset, but as the story continues, each character is uniquely defined. (Jun., 384 pp., $25.95)

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Roseann Marlett