Danielle Girard. Ruthless Game (2001) 356 pp. [pbo]
Author’s website: “As though stumbling out of a nightmare, [Berkeley, California] rookie cop Alex Kincaid awakens in her car dazed and confused. She’s on an unfamiliar street, outside an unfamiliar home with no recollection of how she got there, no memory of the night before. Then the nightmare becomes reality. Her first call of the day takes her to the same street, to the same house, where a man has been brutally killed. Alex thinks he is a perfect stranger—until she finds herself the main suspect in the murder. And now, as she races to clear her name, she’s haunted by memories of a horrific thirty-year-old crime—a crime that links her to the dead man...and marks her as the killer’s next target.” www.daniellegirard.com