Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reviews Books

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"SLEEPING LADY"

A novel by Sue Henry (260 pages, Morrow, $22)

You can take a trip into the beautiful wilds of Alaska and enjoy a good mystery at the same time by reading one of Sue Henry's novels. Her latest, "Sleeping Lady," lives up to the promise of its award-winning predecessor, "Murder on the Iditarod Trail," and continues to follow Alaska State Trooper Alex Jensen as the leading character. This time, the story focuses on Rochelle Lewis, owner of a small charter air service whose husband and pilot-partner has vanished during a flight over a wilderness area where grizzly bears roam. When his plane finally is found partially submerged in a small lake, she insists on flying to the scene and looking into the wreckage, over the misgivings of Trooper Jensen. A woman's body is inside the plane, but there is no sign of the pilot. Later, the dead woman is identified as an undercover agent of the Wisconsin Fish and Wildlife Service, which has been trying to catch a ring of criminals who take hunters on illegal trips to kill Alaska grizzlies. When Lewis sets off on a solitary trek into the wilderness to try to discover what happened to her husband, Jensen must attempt to reach her before the killer/hunters do. This is a well-written suspense story, building to a satisfying climax, with complex characters whose personal lives engage the reader's interest. By the way, one of those characters is a grizzly bear. Sue Ann Wood "SUSPECTS" A novel by Thomas Berger (294 pages, William Morrow, $23) Murder mysteries generally fit into three basic categories: those that reveal the killer early, then weave the tale from that point; those that offer clues throughout, helping the reader play along in trying to figure the identity; and those that offer little or no aid to the reader, thus delivering a surprise at the climax. Thomas Berger's "Suspects" falls into the third bin. When a mother and her infant daughter are viciously slain, two suspects immediately leap to the forefront: the philandering husband, Larry Howland, and his downtrodden half-brother, Lloyd Howland. The catch, though, is that the husband has a solid alibi and the brother-in-law had deep, genuine feelings for the victims. …

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