Alex Delaware's newest case paints a disturbing portrait of amoral, sociopathic attitudes and behavior masquerading as progressive science. Utterly chilling and unforgettable.

LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis has a another homicide case with cold leads. Someone snatched 15-year-old Irit Carmeli from a school outing in a wilderness park and strangled her. Irit was the mentally impaired and nearly deaf daughter of Israeli Diplomat Zev Carmeli.

Milo turns to psychologist Alex Delaware for insight when he learns that Irit may be one of several victims who were both a minority and slightly mentally impaired. Suspecting that the killer is carrying out his own form of eugenics or selective breeding, Milo and Alex are glad to share the case with Zev Carmeli's Israeli police inspector, Daniel Sharavi.

When the investigators pool their resources, otherwise unrelated cases, including the apparent suicide of a research scientist and the public suicide of an extremely bright police officer, all seem to make more sense. Throughout the investigation, Meta, a shadowy Mensa-like organization's name keeps popping up. Who are they and what are their goals? The threads of these chilling crimes lead Alex into one of the most menacing cases of his career.

(Dec., 416 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith