Marjorie Dorner, Author McGraw-Hill Companies $16.95 (281p) ISBN 978-0-07-017784-0
Exemplary writing and the methodical buildup of suspense rivet one's attentions on Dorn's first novel until it falls apart at the end. The author commands feeling for Linda Hammond, a divorcee, and her daughter Dana, 11. Life is pleasant in their small Midwest town until Jack Ryter grabs Dana on her way home and describes how they'll ""have fun,'' after dark. Hours later, Dana escapes his car, arriving home safely but badly frightened. Alerted by Linda, the police arrest Ryter, and Lt. Willman, the detective handling the case, promises her that justice will be done. But Ryter, out on bail, remains an intolerable threat; he telephones Linda and swears unspeakable vengeance. Although Willman acts tirelessly to protect the woman and her little girl, Linda secretly begins to carry out a scheme to kill the child molester. The result, however, is incredible, and the denouement is a sad letdown. 35,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/promo; Preferred Choice Bookplan selection. (March 23)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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