When attorney Gail Connor agreed to accompany her fiancé, Anthony Quintana, down to Key West while he met with an old client, it sounded like the perfect opportunity for a getaway. However upon their arrival, Anthony and Gail learn of the attempted suicide of Anthony's former client, 19-year-old Billy Fadden—currently a suspect in the murder of a woman.

Anthony, who defended Billy years ago when he was accused of arson, now wonders if he could have been wrong about the boy. Although Billy may have an alibi for the time of the murder—reclusive, former screen legend Joan Sinclair says Billy was watching movies and discussing filmmaking with her—Joan's nephew is trying to have her declared incompetent so that he can gain control of her valuable property. In order to get to the bottom of this convoluted mess, Anthony hires Gail to help. While they may be in tune as lovers, Anthony and Gail seem to butt heads as colleagues. But a troubled young man's life is on the line, so they work hard to sort out fact from fiction.

This is another suspense series that seems just to get better with age. SUSPICION OF MADNESS is riveting, which makes trying to put the pieces together all the more fun. Top-notch suspense! (Mar., 372 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith