One year ago, FBI Profiler Casey McKinley found herself at the mercy of the subject of her latest profiling casethe killer, who called himself Leonardo, destroyed Caseys hands and started on her leg before he was interrupted. Her attacker escaped and Casey never saw his face, just heard his voice.

While Casey survived the brutal attack, she was badly damaged, and her life collapsed around her. Her anger, fear and despair drove her husband and 12-year-old daughter to try a separation. Now in San Francisco, Casey lives with a companion and sinks further into depression.

San Francisco Police Inspector Jordan Gray is hunting a vicious child serial killer. Politics make it impossible for him to bring in the FBI, but when he learns Caseys in the city, he asks for her help. At first Casey wants nothing to do with the case, until she realizes that this serial killer is none other than Leonardo, who is now attacking childrenand has every intention of finishing his work of art on Casey.

New author Danielle Girard makes a very promising debut with this extremely intense and frightening novel. Definitely an author to watch. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith