Sheriff Joanna Bradys 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer, is not thrilled to go on a camping trip, especially because she is partnered with the annoying Dora Matthews. The girls come to an uneasy peace though and sneak out of camp at night to smoke cigarettes. This night excursion turns serious when the girls fall over the body of a dead woman.

Joanna is in charge of the case and shes concerned that the girls will be traumatized by their discovery. They seem to be taking things in stride, but Dora vanishes and eventually her broken body is discovered. For Joanna, this is a true nightmare. She must take a professional stand here, but as a mother, her real worry is that Jennifer may be the killers next target.

J.A. Jance is a master at combining family drama with high suspense, and PARADISE LOST shows her talent at its best. The suspense sizzles and the reader will be as intrigued by Joannas personal life as by the mystery. (Available now, 371 pp., $25.00) To

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg