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Rebecca Zanetti. Zebra, $8.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4201-5434-4

Zanetti’s tantalizing second Laurel Snow romantic thriller (after You Can Run) returns to the mountains of Washington State for another jam-packed tale of action, intrigue, and endearingly awkward social interactions. FBI agent Laurel is still riding the wave of success after closing a high-profile case when a new series of murders brings her back to her hometown and into the orbit of the brilliant but unhinged Abigail, her newly discovered half sister. As wary as Laurel is of getting involved, she can’t resist coming to the rescue when Abigail is threatened and emerges as a possible connection between the killer’s victims. Complicating the investigation is Laurel’s uncertain relationship with Fish and Wildlife captain Huck Rivers. The “will they/won’t they” question is fraught enough with more conventional couples, but Huck’s trust issues and Laurel’s lack of social awareness add another level of complexity to their dynamic. Zanetti excels at marrying solid plot and rapid pacing with distinctive characterization: the protagonists are well shaded and refreshing, while the supporting cast ably balances charm and quirk. Readers will easily fall back into the small-town setting and thrill at the suspense-tinged romance. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Assoc. (Dec.)