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Kadow, Jeannine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, [1999]

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358 pages ; 24 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Since childhood, Lacie Wagner has been haunted by horrific dreams. Her hands disfigured in the fiery car crash that killed her father, Lacie has overcome her fear and shame to become the most popular newscaster in the D.C. metropolitan area. But still her nightmares persist. Then, Lacie's world crumbles as her daughter is abducted and the unthinkable occurs. Now, a vicious killer is after Lacie, and his whispering voice, Touch the fire, Lacie is reaching for her during her waking hours. It is a taunting voice which can reach her anywhere, promising more disasters until he's ready to make Lacie his final victim.The police offer no help, so Lacie enlists FBI agent Jack Stein to stop this madman. With time running out, it is Lacie herself who must unlock the secrets of her own hidden past in order to stop a killer as elusive as a wisp of smoke but as powerful and engulfing as a firesto

Author Notes

Jeannine Kadow was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned her bachelor's degree in television journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia Missouri. Jeannine worked as a television news reporter and anchor, then moved on to a high powered career at Warner Brothers in television syndication. She left Warner Brothers to devote her full time to writing, and lives now in New York and the South of France.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Rising young television anchorwoman Lacie Wagner has been plagued by nightmares since the car accident that killed her father and burned and crippled her hands when she was 10. Now it appears that the menacing figure who whispers threats in her dreams may be not only a real person but a sadistic killer who is stalking her and her family. Kadow's second novel (after Blue Justice) begins with the mysterious burnout of a warplane in Alaska and quickly moves to the disappearance of a teenage girl in New York. Lacie's affluent and work-obsessed life turns tragic as she steps into a web woven by a madman who somehow knows every detail of her life and her past. The police seem unable to help, so Lacie opts to go after her mysterious shadower, relying on her own instincts, against her better judgment and in spite of her terrible fear of fire, to get to the bottom of the mystery. Assisting her is Jack Stein, an unconventional and attractive FBI agent. Excepting her protagonist, Kadow's characters seem to exist primarily to move the plot along (for example, Lacie's Uncle Max, who just happens to be a Delta Force commando). The depictions of the stalker's methods (he uses fire as both a threat and a tool) are compelling, if grisly. The story is dramatic, and although too many coincidences help Lacie and Jack unravel a decades-old mystery, readers will be drawn in by some ingenious twists. Ultimately, however, this is a standard vengeance thriller, and one with a very unfortunate tendency toward graphic torture scenes, including some that involve children. BOMC selection. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved