Jonathan Kellerman's THE WEB strikes a timely and heartbreaking cord as it delves into questions of what should and should not be done in the name of progress, science and the good of the country. A shocking and unforgettable novel!

After a psycho destroyed his house and attempted to kill him, Dr. Alex Delaware and his lady love Robin Castagna are looking for some peace and quiet. An offer by Dr. Woodrow "Bill" Moreland to come stay on his remote island and help him catalog a lifetime of clinical data sounds like just the ticket.

At first glance, Aruk Island does seem like paradise. But Alex quickly comes to suspect that he has been brought to the island under somewhat false pretenses. On the surface, Bill Moreland seems like a kindly and dedicated doctor. But what does he really want from Alex?

Dr. Moreland owns a big chunk of land on the island, where the Stanton Naval Base is located. Since a bizarre murder six months earlier, the Navy has blockaded its side of the island, slowly destroying the local economy. Government cutbacks threaten to close the base altogether and may spell the death knell for the local community.

When a second grisly murder sets everyone on edge, Bill insists that the man accused of the crime is innocent. But what is he hiding? He speaks of old sins, responsibility and atonement, but for whom? Alex has been handed the key to this deadly puzzle. (Feb., 368 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith