When a young woman's car breaks down on the California coast, she thinks someone will soon come along to help her. But it's hours before anyone stops —and when they do, the woman becomes history.

In charge of the case is Deputy Sheriff Rhoda Swift, who's haunted by the past: 13 years earlier, two local families were murdered and the killer was never caught. Rhoda has never escaped the nightmares.

Now, New York writer Guy Newberry is in town to do a book based on the past crime, which opens old wounds for Rhoda. But when more murders occur, and the present killings may be linked to the past massacre, Rhoda and Guy find themselves working together, with surprising results.

Atmospheric and brooding, POINT DECEPTION is a novel of relentless tension. Ms. Muller creates a chilling scenario, heightened by vivid descriptions of coastal California. (Jun., 384 pp., $7.50) Hardcover published July 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg