Jessie is astonished when her closest high school confidant, who hasn't been in touch for almost two years, shows up at her door with an alarming tale of being harassed by an unseen stalker. Jessie's friend is now "Dr. Renee," a popular radio talk show therapist who doles out quick-fix, no-nonsense advice to troubled callers on everything from lackluster marriages to steamy illicit affairs. Now Renee is desperately frightened and convinced Jessie can help her.
Skeptical, and with little to go on, Jessie agrees to investigate--just as a favor. But Jessie's interest quickly turns professional when Renee's six-year-old daughter Molly is kidnapped--and the child's nanny murdered. Renee and her estranged husband Barry, already in a fierce custody battle, trade angry charges of blame and suspicion while Jessie tracks a bizarre series of events that began a few weeks earlier when a battered wife phoned Dr. Renee for help. Now the woman's crazed husband blames the radio therapist for handing out advice that has ruined his marriage. And--on the air for all to hear--he threatens revenge.
With a child as a pawn, a killer plays a chilling game where he holds all the cards--and he's chosen Jessie to be LAPD's top player. As the hours tick by, he uses the radio talk show to up the ante, sending shocking waves of horror and disbelief through the city and terror into the hearts of loved ones. And under the hot glare of media scrutiny, Jessie works feverishly against the clock to beat him at his own game.
Original title: Dead Air
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural