Attorney Cassidy Gallagher is happy. She has a high success rate with her cases and is about to become a partner in the firm. Best of all, she has no contact with her manipulative, power-mad family.

Suddenly, the good life ends. Shes passed up for partner, her sister Bailey mysteriously disappears, and her father wants her home to show family solidarity.

While Cass copes with the loss of the partnership, her father sabotages her credit cards, which forces her home. She soon learns that Harlan Cain is the main suspect in Baileys disappearancebut hes also the only man Cass has ever loved. Home is a treacherous nest of enemies, and to stay alive, she will have to prove Harlans innocence and discover the reason for her sisters disappearance.

WHEN WINTER COMES is a gem of a suspense novel. Bird makes wonderful use of the woman-in-jeopardy theme. Readers will shiver with each new twist in the tale. (Oct., 400 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg