This book has a lot of interesting parts, however, it never quite jells into a truly compelling story. Enjoy it for what it is, but try some of Hurwitz’s other books to get an idea of his real talent.

Daniel Brasher has rejected his mother and a privileged lifestyle to marry a community organizer and counsel ex-cons. Daniel finds a threatening letter in his department mailbox, addressed to someone else, giving them a deadline to “confess” — a deadline that has already passed. Daniel searches the web and finds that the addressee was murdered. Then he finds more letters addressed to other people, all with approaching deadlines. Daniel works with the police, and often in advance of them, to try to save these people. Then it becomes apparent that the killer knows who he is, and that Daniel may have been the target all along. (St. Martin’s, Aug., 384 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan