It is the most baffling case NYPD detective April Woo has ever faced. Heather Rose Popescu, mother of a three-week-old baby boy, is found beaten and comatose in her luxurious NYC apartment; the baby gone. April is a dedicated cop and always intense about her job, but this case has a special resonance for her, because Heather Rose, like herself, is Chinese.

Then it is revealed that Heather Rose could not possibly be the mother of the missing baby. Now April must figure out who attacked Heather Rose and why the Popescus were claiming to be the parents of the missing baby. Most importantly, April must find the baby before any harm can befall him.

As Aprils investigation leads her from the wealthy world of the Popescus to the grim existence of Chinatown sweatshops, she finds herself exploring a netherworld of violence and intrigue that makes her examine her own life as a Chinese-American woman working in a white mans domain.

A tricky, intricate plot that will fascinate the reader and touch her heart makes STEALING TIME a top suspense pick. Ms. Glass gives us wonderful insight into the personal life of April Woo and her relationships with her co-workersincluding her devoted and sexy lover, fellow detective Mike Sanchezand her old-world Chinese parents, making this a character that readers will find themselves relating to on several levels. (On-sale February 2000, 400 pp., $6.99, Hardcover published February 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg