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Another winner by Michael Prescott!
am 5. Juli 2000
This is one of the most suspenseful books I have read in the last couple of years. The author is actually Douglas Borton, using one of his pseudonyms (Brian Harper is another). This is the story of stalker and prey, although you are never quite sure which is which. The plot takes some breathtaking twists and the action is always logical and doesn't depend on someone doing something stupid to further the plot along. John Cray may be the person responsible for the brutal slaying of a young woman in the book's opening chapter. Unbeknownst to him, he is being trailed by someone from his past, someone who knows him as no one else does, someone who knows what he is capable of. Kaylie McMillan was committed for the murder of her husband of less than a year twelve years before the action of the book takes place. She was institutionalized and eventually escaped and has evaded the authorities since then by moving from place to place and identity to identity. She has been tracking a killer's modus operandi (the "stealing faces" of the title is a very literal thing). Their cat and mouse game ends badly for Kaylie when Cray sees her from a distance. She is captured by Cray and driven out into the desert for her unmasking. She narrowly escapes and takes some evidence that will implicate Cray. She decides to call the police, who realize who she is, but don't believe that she is sane. As the police close in, she leaves the evidence at a phone booth but it is intercepted by Cray, unbeknownst to her. Thinking that she has finally left her past behind her, she lets down her guard. She is recaptured by the police, institutionalized and put under the "care" of her enemy in a stunning twist. One policeman from Tucson, who has no jurisdiction in the case, decides to follow up the investigation and, after talking to her father-in-law, ralizes that Kaylie just may be sane, and in great danger. Once again, she escapes with her adversary in very close pursuit! I cannot recommend this book and the others by Douglas Borton. Here is an author to watch for and treasure!