By Ben Spier
Updated September 15, 2006 04:00 AM
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A drunken dalliance with a handsome auto mechanic/thief turns lethal for grad student Ashley Freeman, who becomes the object of his increasingly unhinged affection.

Homme Fatale
Tech-savvy sociopath Michael O’Connell torments her with dead roses (and animals), identity theft, and scabrous Net rumors.

Lowdown
Crisp prose and solid characterizations lift a boilerplate premise into a gut-churning tale of obsession and retribution.