THE OTHER WOMAN
As the intrigue unfolds, tension mounts in this outstanding start to Ryan’s new series. Her expertise in the fields of politics and journalism shines in this gripping novel of greed, jealousy, familial angst and political machinations. Several women appear on Jane’s radar that overlap the two investigations and complicate her identification of the other woman.
After losing a million-dollar lawsuit for refusing to reveal her confidential informant, Jane Ryland is let go from her glamorous job as a network reporter and ends up sharing a desk at a newspaper. Her friend, Detective Jake Brogan, is investigating a couple of murders with similar M.O.s. Both victims were found under a bridge, and their perpetrator is dubbed the “Bridge Killer” by the media. Jake doesn’t believe the murders are connected. When the third body is Jane’s anonymous source, he’s even more certain, whereas the press is entirely convinced. Caught in the middle is a senatorial candidate whose campaign takes on a sinister note when his wife goes off the radar. It’s Jane’s job to find her and ferret out the existence of the other woman. (FORGE, Sep., 416 pp., $24.99)