Near Eastvale, England, detective inspector Annie Cabbot investigates the death of Jennifer Clewes, a young woman whose body was discovered in her car. Despite interviewing her friends and associates, Annie initially fails to find anyone with a motive.

Nearby, detective chief inspector Alan Banks receives an urgent phone message from his estranged brother Roy. As Alan attempts to make sense of the message, he realizes that Roy has left his London residence and is nowhere to be found. Police, meanwhile, discover that Jennifer had in her possession a paper with DCI Banks' address, though he claims no association with her.

Former lovers Alan and Annie seem to hide behind the secrets of their past, lending them an elusive air but at the same time making them more believable. As the clues are carefully unearthed, this suspenseful drama builds to an explosive conclusion. (Feb., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick