A fascinating spin on serial killers and their prey, this novel by the author of Lovely Ruins stars Spokane, Washington Detective Caroline Mabry, who has to choose between saving a kid or arresting the man who pushed him into a raging river. What had been a routine drug bust turns into a complicated chase to arrest the killer who now appears to be none other than Spokane’s infamous Southbank Strangler, a serial killer with a taste for young prostitutes. Then an ego-driven FBI profiler shows up in the form of a media hog. Then his nemesis, a retired profiler, enters. Then a media circus arrives. And the bodies keep piling up while Mabry, with psych issues of her own, and her mentor stay one tantalizing step behind the killer. It’s a fabulous 4.