After a company party in New York, Margaret and Steve Frawley return to their modest Connecticut home to discover that their 3-year-old twin daughters, Kathy and Kelly, have been kidnapped. In the ransom note, the kidnappers request $8 million, an amount that greatly exceeds their financial resources.

Steve's company agrees to pay the ransom, and the kidnapper, identifying himself as "The Pied Piper," phones about the drop-off location. FBI and local law enforcement team up to search for the kidnappers and find the young girls before they are harmed.

The suspense surrounding the kidnapping is completely captivating, especially since the criminal mastermind's identity remains a secret till the end. The twin telepathy between Kathy and Kelly is believable and adds an unusual twist to the story. Red herrings are never in short supply in what is one of Clark's best novels. (Apr., 322 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick