Pocket, April 2003, 6.99, 348 pp.
After all their troubles, both professional and personal, District Attorney Kathryn Mackay and Santa Rita County Sheriff David Ganz are happily married. On the day before Thanksgiving Dave sustains a nasty head injury when pursuing a van that might have been used in a robbery homicide case. He refuses to stay in the hospital when he regains consciousness even though two doctors and his wife plead with him to take a MRI. Kathryn drops the matter because she is trying to cope with her own medical problem of a high-risk pregnancy.
While Dave still recovers, he investigates the murder of a priest. When a second priest is murdered, police begin to think they have a serial killer on their hands. Their theory is confirmed when another priest is killed even though the MO's are different. The police want the victims' personnel records to see if there is a link between the three but the bishop refuses and ends up in jail for contempt. When a fourth priest is gunned down, he gives the information they need which eventually leads to the police laying a trap for a killer who knows just how the police operate.
UNTIL JUDGMENT DAY is an exciting police procedural that also contains a beautiful and haunting relationship starring two protagonists who have a strong marriage due to the traumas and tragedies they survived. David loves Kathryn's daughter so much he plans to adopt her and Emma loves Dave as much as she did her biological father. The mystery is well executed but readers should be prepared for a shocking ending. Christine McGuire has written another enthralling installment in her best selling series.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner