Though the publisher maintains a demure silence on the point, this short novel is a lightly revised expansion of Pronzini's novella ""Kinsmen,"" first published, together with long stories by Marcia Muller and Ed Gorman, in Criminal Intent 1 (1993). Here as there, the Nameless Detective (Hardcase, 1995, etc.) is on the trail of a missing University of Oregon student who vanished, together with the boyfriend she planned to bring home to her mother outside Oakland, shortly after their car broke down in that slice of God's country designated Creekside, Calif., pop. 112. Even readers new to the material should be able to guess what happened to Allison McDowell and her lover by the halfway point. Those with memories of ""Kinsmen"" will find more words here, but not much else that's new.