by J. Carson Black

January 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21391-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Criminal investigator Laura Cardinal works for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It is her job to assist in the investigation of serious crimes in smaller towns that donít have the skill or technology required in this modern age. As a result, she often finds herself in the position of being odd man out and has to not only investigate the cases, but also deal with bad attitudes and egos.

In this first book of the series, she is called to Bisbee, Arizona where the body of a murdered young teenage girl is found in a public park. Clues lead Laura to believe this is most likely the work of a serial killer and after a few phone calls finds a similar case in another state. One particular clue has her heading to Florida, even though no one else sheís working with thinks itís of any significance.

Itís a race against the clock when Laura returns to Bisbee after another young girl goes missing. She and the other deputies are desperate to find her before it's too late, but they are up against a killer who is intelligent and leaves very little evidence behind.

The author keeps our attention with well-paced suspense until the very end when she cranks it up to nail biting. This book is being listed as a romantic suspense, but I personally donít think there was enough romance for it to qualify. So for those of you who require an equal amount of romance in your romantic suspense, be warned. For those of you who take your suspense straight up, then you need to get your hands on a copy of this book. Itís a very promising start to a new series.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Jackie.

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