Claire Montrose is having a hard time fitting into the exciting NYC life that her lover Dante leads. Then her friend Lori back home in Oregon asks for her help. Loris three-year-old son Zach has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant but no one in the family is compatible. Lori has carried around a secret for 10 years: when she was separated from Zachs father, she had a baby girl, Zachs full sister, whom she placed for adoption. Lori wants Claire to find the girl.

Claire returns home immediately and soon finds some shady doings in the adoptive world. As she digs deeper into the adoption records of long ago, Claires own life is threatened as she races against time to help Lori and Zach.

SQUARE IN THE FACE appeals on several levels. The suspense is superb and makes for a real nail biter of a tale. Zachs plight will tug at your heartstrings and youll find yourself cheering Claire on as she races against time and also as she also tries to fit into Dantes world. (Feb., 272 pp., $5.99—Hardcover published February 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg