Beck puts a stylish spin on the well-worn stalker saga--this one involving history professor Rebecca Kendall, now 30-something and since age 18 the obsession of Benjamin Knapp, then a fellow student at Stanford U. Rebecca and lawyer-friend Angela Casaretti have always used legal means to keep Knapp away, and now, after two peaceful years, Rebecca has become engaged to handsome, successful Philip Patterson. Her serenity is shattered, however, when Philip receives a letter from Knapp, and then completely destroyed when p.i. Michael Caruso, hired to locate her tormentor, finds bloodstained walls and a bloodsoaked mattress at Knapp's house. When the police find matching bloodstains in the trunk of Rebecca's car, she's charged with Knapp's murder--her defense in the hands of canny, flamboyant Trevor Keegan. Twists and turns abound from start to finish--in a swift-paced story peopled by briskly three-dimensional characters (with the exception of a rather limp Rebecca). Engrossing all the way.