The third installment of Pinter's Henry Parker series is a strong effort with plenty of chilling moments. Henry's first-person point of view is again a highlight -- and the occasional peeks into what's actually going on heighten the suspense.

Since joining the staff of the New York Gazette, reporter Henry Parker has had more harrowing experiences than most journalists have in a lifetime. Now he's been given an exclusive. Five years ago, 6-year-old Daniel Linwood mysteriously disappeared without a trace. He's been abruptly returned and has no recollection of where he's been. An interview with the boy leaves Henry with more questions than answers.

With the help of his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Davies, Henry learns there are others who have been kidnapped and returned. Putting the pieces together -- who's responsible for the bizarre crimes, and why -- is going to take time Henry and Amanda don't have. There are people willing to do whatever's necessary to make sure they don't succeed. (MIRA, Aug., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer