Andrews, an expert on law and genetics, debuts with this suspenseful thriller, which follows the exploits of geneticist Alexandra Blake, a doctor employed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Alex studies genetically linked diseases, researching cures.
When a serial killer starts slaying women, Alex's supervisor assigns her to the forensic team searching for genetic evidence that will identify the killer. Interestingly, the victims are scattered throughout the country and are women of varying backgrounds. Their only commonality is the tattoo with which the killer marks them. Simultaneously, Alex gets involved in a high-profile political murder and questions the culpability of her new lover, Congressman David Thorne.
Andrews kick-starts her novel with a horrifying murder, and the suspense continues unabated throughout. Alex is a fabulous protagonist, a beautiful, brilliant woman who tempers her toughness with a hidden emotional side. The science of genetics is temperately discussed, never overwhelming the balance of this expertly crafted mystery. (Jun., 288 pp., $23.95)