Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino. Fans of Lyons’ hospital-set series will love the change of setting and thrilling pace. One note: readers with a fear of snakes should pick up this story carefully. Regardless, you won’t be able to put this one down.
Special Agent Lucy Guardino has recently moved to Pittsburgh, along with her loving husband and resentful daughter, Megan. Lucy is there to head the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad and find a missing girl named Ashley. Soon Lucy runs headlong into a religious group that honors snakes and ends up in a literal snakepit herself. After a chilling rescue and repeated run-ins with maniacs, Lucy is thrown another curveball when Megan is diagnosed with leukemia. Will Lucy be able to save both girls? (LEGACY, Feb., 410 pp., $14.99)