THREAD OF FEAR
Griffin really captures the atmosphere of small-town politics and a good-ole-boy network that is hindering an investigation. Her protagonists are clearly defined and believably flawed, which adds realism to this chilling tale of murder.
Forensic sketch artist Fiona Glass wants to leave her crime work behind and concentrate on her painting career. Then two cases force her to table her plans. The first involves the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl; the second, a possible serial killer. Police chief Jack Bowman is positive that a murdered Jane Doe and a vicious rape 11 years ago are connected to the current cases, and he wants Fiona to interview the living rape victim in hopes that her memories can jump-start their investigation. Politics, prejudice and incompetence all block his efforts, but with Fiona's help they could catch a break. (POCKET STAR, Oct., 368 pp., $6.99)
Jill M. Smith