Obsession can be a powerful motivator, but it can also be a highly destructive force, as Johansen demonstrates in her dark, gripping thriller. Throughout this riveting series, Eve has been a woman at times balanced on the emotional edge. Here, sentiments run deep and are pitted with emotional land mines.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan will risk everything on the chance that she might finally learn what really happened to her long-dead daughter, Bonnie. Not even her love for her longtime partner, Detective Joe Quinn, will stop her from entering the lion's den by flying to Colombia at the request of the dangerous and enigmatic Montalvo.

Montalvo's criminal empire has given him contacts in many places, so much so that he promises he can get Eve the answers she wants regarding Bonnie. But first, he has a skull reconstruction that he wants Eve to complete. The revelation of the identity of the skull's owner could bring down a drug empire and change the course of a revolution. Eve should have known that Joe would never sit patiently at home while she pursued this quest. Will her obsession get them both killed? (BANTAM, Jan., 341 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith