Coffey's latest is lightning-paced and gripping, with a cast of intriguing characters. The story's scenario is horrific
but all too plausible in these times.

A wave of high school shootings across the country has local law enforcement and the FBI stumped. Each teenager who pulled the trigger was an excellent student, popular and well-adjusted -- in other words, far from an alienated loner with a grudge. Each one has also committed suicide after the killing spree. Until Dr. Lexi Bradley's adopted son Juan survives, there are no leads.

Secret Service agent Bryan Atwood is assigned to the case, and he's instantly sympathetic toward Lexi, but he's skeptical when she claims that Juan's in danger. When it's proven to be true, and they learn that the boy was in no way responsible for his actions, Bryan must trust Lexi to help him find those who are. (MIRA, Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer