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Leda seems to have the stereotypically perfect life in suburbia. Her husband is an engineer at Intel, and they've just bought their first house for their daughter and new baby on the way. Underneath that veneer are Leda's hidden secrets: she used to be a porn star, and the handyman next door is stalking her. Even worse, when she confesses to her husband, she sees him threaten her stalker, and then the neighbor disappears. Leda doesn't merely fear that her husband murdered her nightmare; she enjoys submitting sexually to the man whom she secretly fears is a ruthless killer. Meanwhile, her twin sister, Lillian, a high-powered attorney in New York, is disturbed to discover that the key witness against her blind client is his former assistant, a woman who is also a professional sexual submissive. Lillian's search for evidence to discredit the witness leads her to uncover her own submissive sexual desires. VERDICT Although there is mystery here, the author of the S&M erotic classic Meeting the Master focuses on exploring the intricacies of the submissive relationship as well as the lengths that someone will go to in order to serve, whether or not the context is sexual. Recommended for fans of the Hard Case Crime series; this novel fits right in with its noir pulp revival themes of sex and violence.—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.