The eyes of a former cop are the windows into a darkly disturbing tale of murder and madness. The semi-suicidal heroine has been nearly destroyed by death and horror, but her journey is just beginning. Lief is a bold new voice in the suspense genre who demonstrates a talent for intricate plotting and ominous atmosphere. Someone to watch!

Former Det. Karin Schaeffer is haunted by the brutal slayings of her husband and toddler. Then she learns that their killer, Martin Price, has escaped from prison. Price confronts Karin in her home, intending to finish the job, but he is prevented by SWAT. They inadvertently shoot Karin and Price escapes. As Karin recovers, she knows that Price will keep coming after her unless he can be stopped. (AVON, Oct., 300 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
JIll M. Smith