THE WILD ROAD
Liu's surefooted guiding of the plot of her latest Dirk and Steele novel keeps the tension high and ensures that secrets are revealed judiciously. Characters and events from previous stories provide continuity and dramatic "aha" moments. Here's another surefire winner from
an author who never disappoints!
Gargoyle Lannes Hannelore is visiting a friend when he spies a blood- covered woman trying to steal his car. When he approaches her, he senses her desperation. Despite his misgivings and need for anonymity, Lannes is drawn to this woman and the frightening mystery surrounding her. Everything about these circumstances screams that they are not of human design. (LEISURE, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)