It's personal for ex-cop Campbell Cody when her elderly friend Maida vanishes from an exclusive community protected by the security firm Campbell and her father co-own—especially since it happens on her watch. Looking into the disappearance, Campbell runs afoul of, among others, local law enforcement and Maida's family, all of whom are determined to blame her.

Campbell also encounters Jackson Blade, an undercover cop from New York. Blade is looking into a murder connected to a drug investigation he's been conducting; soon he and Campbell conclude that there's a link between the missing woman and the dead girl.

This is tautly written and cleverly plotted suspense. But what sets it apart from other stories of its ilk is its depth of characterizations—particularly the heroine's, which is rich and detailed. (Apr., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer