Skin Deep

Gary Braver, Author . Forge $24.95 (448p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0975-4

In this well-crafted thriller from Braver (Flashback ), Lt. Steve Markarian, a Boston police detective with marital and alcohol problems, investigates the strangling death of Terry Farina, whose naked body was found in her bedroom with no signs of a struggle or sexual activity. Is it suicide, accident or murder? Teasing flashbacks to the 1970s chronicle the incestuous ordeal of a disturbed New Hampshire boy at the hands (and breasts) of his sexy, Bible-thumping stepmother. An extraneous subplot concerns Markarian's possible role in the first murder he investigates. More compelling is the relationship Markarian's wife, Dana, develops with a plastic surgeon, Aaron Monks, who enters her life just as the Markarians are contemplating divorce. The pace accelerates toward a climax whose revelations of extensive evildoing may strike some readers as farfetched. Still, fans of psychological suspense with a medical angle will be amply rewarded. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/26/2008
Release date: 07/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 450 pages - 978-0-7653-4854-8
Ebook - 448 pages - 978-1-4299-7724-1
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