September 14, 1981 12:00 PM

by Jack Olsen

An unsuccessful artist takes his wife to pick up some free-lance typing at the justice building of a Pacific Northwest city. She disappears, followed soon after by her husband. A gay man, dressed as a nun, and a retarded boy vanish in the same building. A woman judge is next to go. It is up to tough cop John Doe Boon, whose wife is also missing, to find them. A beautiful young female detective becomes his partner. Halfway into this solid suspense novel, it’s clear what is happening, but the question remains: Will any victims survive? Olsen, a Seattle-based author of 20 other books, knows exactly the eerie, violent effects he wants, and he delivers. Best of all, his characters are flawed in ways that make them more realistic than the types who usually inhabit the genre. (Atheneum, $12.95)

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