January 15, 1996 12:00 PM

by Philip Shelby

Page-Turner of the Week

Secret Service agent Holland Tylo is in very hot water. Her charge, Charles Westbourne, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, has been hideously tortured and killed on her watch; she’s about to be dismissed from the Service; her lover, a fellow agent, is shot; and when she conducts a private investigation into the Westbourne affair, high-ranking members of Congress denounce her, and government agents try to kill her.

With a fine eye for detail about the Service (planes, trains and self-importance) and mesmerizing storytelling, author Shelby delivers a sizzling tale that leads from devastating information on a computer disk to an assassination attempt in the Oval Office. Add to that one of the pluckiest and most believable heroines in thrillerdom, and readers have plenty of cause to march to this different drummer. (Simon & Schuster, $22)

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