As Hurricane Fran is about to hit the Carolinas, storms of another nature are brewing in Colleton County. Lynn Bullock, the town tramp and wife of a local attorney, is brutally murdered and suspicion falls on any number of local men.

As the hurricane moves closer, Judge Deborah Knotts interest in the case becomes personal. One of her favorite cousins is suspected of the crime and she knows he couldnt have done it. When Deborah investigates, the killer strikes again, delivering a blow as devastating as the storm itself. Its this act of violence, however, that gives Deborah clues she needs to solve the case.

STORM TRACK is human drama of the highest sort, guaranteed to keep you riveted to the pages of the book. Maron does a masterful job of plotting her mystery against the growing storm, keeping the tension running at high octane. (May, 304 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published April 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg