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This suspense novel from Collins, author of more than 60 books, packs a wallop in the foothills of the Ozarks, although the lightning-fast pace, despite many plot twists, has an ending that leaves too much unresolved mystery. When a tranquil evening at a fund-raiser ends in a horrible murder, the victim's husband, Elijah Evans, and Det. Diana Curtis discover evidence from a cold case that may free an innocent man on death row-if they don't get killed or foiled by the politician and attorney general who put him there. Dialogue is curiously understated-as Elijah ducks bullets, he says, "I'm starting to get mad. I'm tired of being used for target practice." Yet description is vivid and even graphic for a Christian novel, and Collins creates a wide range of peculiar characters. Suspense plays well, but Collins sometimes cashes in his chips too soon rather than building the tension over time. While flawed, this morality tale is a robust offering to the growing genre of Christian suspense. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.