Up-and-coming psychoanalyst Maslow Atkins relaxes by jogging in Central Park. One evening at twilight he vanishes from the park. The only people to have seen the doctor are Allegra, a troubled young patient of his; a homeless man; and David and Brandy, two wealthy teenagers.

NYPD Det. April Woo is in charge of the case of the vanishing doctor. Its a tough case to get a grip on and April calls on her good friend Jason Frank, a psychiatrist, for help. Jason is also Maslows mentor.

As April interviews the people who saw Maslow last, all of the witnesses arouse her suspicions, and she becomes convinced that the doctor is still alivebut where? April brings in the canine corps to search the park. When the dogs discover not the missing Maslow but a very dead witness, it sheds new light on the case.

With a plot as real and frightening as todays headlines, nail-biting suspense, and palpable tension, TRACKING TIME is a classic page-turner. As always, storylines about Aprils relationship with her lover, Det. Mike Sanchez, her Old World Chinese parents, and the politics of her professional life add dimension and depth to a riveting mystery. (Oct., 336 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published October 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg