Former cop Louis Kincaid is not making ends meet in his new job as a private investigator. Things don't seem much brighter for the 28-year-old when a man enlists Louis to prove his father innocent of killing his lawyer.

Jack Cade, who was accused of raping and murdering a teenager 20 years ago, has just been released from prison. And now the lawyer who saved him from execution is dead. Louis begins the case with a trepidation that only grows. Can he obtain vital information before he loses more than this case?

Parrish has created a stunner of a book with THICKER THAN WATER. Amazingly skilled at creating a sense of place, she stays true to her characters. I can't wait to see Louis's growth as he learns more about the world. (Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer