A fast-moving first novel set in Texas, where Japanese-American FBI-man Mark Shigeta is beset by troubles. His playgirl-wife Wendy has left him and her 12-year-old daughter Gail, whom he'd legally adopted. That should be a plus but now, six months later, an unknown woman has been murdered in his driveway; Wendy is found dead in her shabby beach house, and Gall has disappeared. Mark, under suspicion and suspended from his job, teams up with softhearted, hardheaded Al Quinn, acting detective of the local police force who has a Vietnamese wife and many children. Together they backtrack Wendy's unsavory past and discover that she had two sisters: the unidentified victim is one; the other is also a victim--whose desperate attempts to escape her torturer are interspersed throughout the narrative. Gail's mixed-up parentage, the unsolved killing of Quinn's young son, heavy currents of racial hatred, a vicious physical attack on Shigeta, and the elusive menace ever lurking make for a story thoroughly professional in pace, plotting, and style--flawed only by a too-heavy reliance on coincidence. Most readers will look forward to further appearances of Quinn and Shigeta.