NAL, July 2002, 23.95, 368 pp.
At ten years of age, in a car fire deliberately set, Lacie Wagner burned her hands so badly that they were scarred and misshapen. Twenty-three years later, the man who set the car fire returned to Lacie's life, killing her daughter's father, kidnapping her daughter for six weeks, and almost killing her. Now, nine months later, Lacie is almost healed and ready to report to work as a TV anchor and reporter on Washington DC.
Relaxing in her Nantucket home, Lacie gathers the strength to reenter the real world. While jogging along the beach, she comes across the dead body of a young woman. Tests prove the woman was murdered and while investigating the victim's life, Lacie discovers that the deceased was part of an unauthorized black ops group. This group is linked to Lacie's next door neighbor and lover Justin Vale, a man who has a special agenda planned for Lacie.
Jeannie Kadow has written an exciting thriller starring a complex and driven protagonist who refuses to let her deformity handicap her in anyway. DEAD TIDE is a serial killer thriller that stars a villain that is ever more depraved than Hannibal Lechter. Ms. Kadow is on the level of a Patricia Cornwell and a Nancy Taylor Rosenberg in turning up the suspense in a believable manner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner