Mira, Oct 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
All their neighbors and friends know that Sam and Maggie Cady share a loving relationship raising their four year old son Jimmy together in New Orleans. However, their idyllic world ends when someone kills their dog and abducts Jimmy. The police and Sam, a former New Orleans cop, are clueless, but Maggie knows she must go back alone to New York City to save the life of her son.
Maggie stops at a New York cemetery to look at two plots about six years old. The stones remind her of the deadly meeting between her Bellini kin and Michael O'Malley's Irish gang that led to the deaths of her father and brother and Michael's brothers. She knows she must confront Michael while praying that her son does not share the violent death of his grandfather and that Sam stays out of this though in her heart she knows he is tracking her.
Does the plot seem a stretch? Probably most rationale people will say yes because this story line is not based on the recent headlines of child abductions. However, readers will not care because through her cast Shirley Palmer makes the improbable seem genuine. This suspense thriller never slows down until the final page. Though the tale is loaded with action, it is the behavior of Maggie and Sam who hook the audience in such a deep ways fans will want to be active Good Samaritans entering the DANGER ZONE rather than passive observers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner