Carolyn Sullivan, Ventura County probation officer, has her hands full in this latest thriller. First introduced in Sullivan's Law, Carolyn, a law student and single mother of two, is skilled at persuading criminals to talk. Here she faces Raphael Moreno, accused of killing his mother, sister, and a family of five. After an initial meeting, she thinks he may be ready to talk, but before she can continue her interrogation, her unstable, drug-addicted younger brother Neil, a successful painter, calls Carolyn in a panic after finding his girlfriend dead in his swimming pool. Full of twists and turns, the hectic plot introduces a variety of evildoers, from child molesters and sex addicts to international arms dealers. However, the characters are too stereotypical to be believable. Rosenberg's strength lies in creating realistic action scenes, building tension at just the right pace. Sandra Burr reads clearly, but her enthusiasm borders on excess. This fast-moving, though superficial, crime novel is recommended for large public libraries and Rosenberg fans.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.