A STRANGER'S GAME
Johnston's latest Bitter Creek book will delight fans eager for further tales of these powerful Texas families. This story is complex and suspenseful, and readers not familiar with the previous novels may have to make an extra effort to keep up with the sheer multitude of characters and their running backstories.
Grace Caldwell, as Finkel now calls herself, has had only one mission since she was wrongly imprisoned at age 13: to find the man who really killed her father and stepmother. She knows Breed can help her, but she'll have to trust him -- not her strong suit when it comes to men. And then there's the unusual sexual fire between them -- a potent, undeniable force -- that complicates their relationship even more. (POCKET, Mar., 384 pp., $25.00)