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!

A woman wakes up in a burning hotel room, covered in blood, with three dead bodies around her. There's a note that says "Run." Did she kill them? She doesn't know, since she can't remember anything about herself.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith