Ulfelder hits hard and fast, sometimes below the belt, with his fantastic third Conway Sax novel. Sax is an original: flawed, self-aware and undisciplined. He leads the reader on a merry chase through a maze of suspects until he narrows it down to the real perpetrator.

Sax pulls no punches when it comes to keeping rich kid Gus Biletnikov sober. The young man reminds him of his own estranged son. When a triple murder at his halfway house appears to be aimed at Gus, Conway steps in to find the killer. The list of suspects is long, including a crime lord, Gus’ own father, his beautiful stepmother and a con man. When another murder occurs, friends become enemies and problems on the home front further complicate matters for Sax. (Minotaur, May, 336 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown