Straw Men

Martin J. Smith, Author Jove Books $6.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-515-12950-2
Yet again, Teresa wakes up screaming, reliving the nightmare of when she was viciously attacked and left for dead eight years ago. But this time, something's different. Before now, she was absolutely positive that her attacker was Carmen DellaVecchio (aka the Scarecrow), the man who had been imprisoned for the brutal crime. Now, however, she hears a different voice. Is it the Scarecrow or not? Since DellaVecchio's sudden release from prison--based on new DNA evidence--Teresa and Brenna, the Scarecrow's aggressive attorney, have been receiving strange phone calls. Reluctantly, Brenna's boyfriend, Jim, a psychologist who's an expert on memory, works with Teresa to try to determine which of her memories are real and which are not. In fact, it is Jim who starts wondering whether Teresa's husband, also a cop, and some of his friends on the force are involved. As a walk through the halls of justice, forensic psychology and police procedure, this novel provides diversion. Smith (Shadow Image; Time Release) fails to create characters that emerge as real people, however, and readers will come away thinking they've read similar, albeit stronger, novels. Agent, Susan Ginsburg. (Jan. 2)
Reviewed on: 01/01/2001
Release date: 01/01/2001
Genre: Fiction
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