On the Line: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel
by S.J. Rozan
Cover Artist: Photo: Frans Lemmens / Getty Images
Review by Verna Suit
Minotaur Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312609245
Date: 30 August 2011 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Secondary prizes in the psycho's scavenger hunt turn out to be the rescued lives of innocent girls the kidnapper has used in his dangerous clues. Before too long Bill is exasperated, exhausted, and running out of patience. Fortunately, he's joined in his search by a small army that includes Lydia's teenage hacker cousin Linus, Linus's Goth friend Trella, Trella's cousin Joey, Lydia's police detective friend Mary Kee, a pimp and his enforcers, and a good dog named Woof. But in the heat of the chase, all of them miss some clues that observant readers will pick up.
On the Line moves into high gear before the first page is turned. Bill's frantic search for the psycho's clues, and ultimately for Lydia, keep the pace fast and the tension high. Even so, some scenes are so downright comic you'll find yourself grinning in spite of the deadly stakes. S.J. Rozan is at the top of her game in this latest masterpiece of suspense.