As a favor to a friend, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell postpones her vacation to investigate the disappearance of artist Joan Begley, despite her superior's disapproval.

The search for the missing woman takes a strange turn when a body is discovered during the excavation of a nearby quarry—and it's not Joan. It's also not the only body buried at the site. Maggie doesn't have much to go on, because the victims are not at all similar—at least, not at first glance. When a pattern finally emerges, it's clear that Joan is in grave danger, if she's even still alive.

A chilling, compelling page-turner, Alex Kava's AT THE STROKE OF MADNESS is sure to linger in readers' minds for some time. (Aug., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer