LAPD homicide detective Jessie Drake has one of the toughest cases she's ever seen. Someone has murdered prominent plastic surgeon Ronald Bushnell, his receptionist, and nurse. It seems to be a random killing, but Jessie's instincts tell her that there's a deeper motive to the slaying.

The doctor and his staff were well-liked, and suspicion focuses on Ethan Meissner, his foster son—but first they have to find him. Ethan, like Jessie, has recently become in tune with his Jewish heritage, and the Orthodox community is hiding him. Jessie has her work cut out for her as she searches for the boy but also explores other avenues. Her doggedness reveals a long-buried secret that might exonerate the boy and lead to the truth behind the horrific massacre.

SHADOWS OF SIN is a stylish thriller that grips readers from the start. Ms. Krich tells an extremely suspenseful tale that will keep you guessing until the final page is turned. As always, subplots about Jessie's personal life are also guaranteed to hold your interest. (Aug., 354 pp., $7.50) Hardcover published September 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg