A bullied teenager returns home to find someone killing off her former tormenters.
The Six had it all. They were attractive, athletic, smart enough to get good grades, but not smart enough to be nerds. They ruled their Dallas high school with an iron fist. When Libby Norman threatened Megan Edwards’ spot on the cheerleading squad, someone put a laxative in her drink and (oops!) she missed tryouts. When Maria Vorgan looked as if she might get the lead in the school play, someone started a rumor she was sleeping with the drama teacher. Maria transferred, and the part went to Allison James, Lisa Smythe’s best friend. But their revenge on Jane Murphy for being greeted in the hallway by Lisa’s boyfriend Matt Phillips was beyond cruel. Lisa got fellow Sixer Todd Lawson to ply Jane with alcohol and seduce her, so the following week the whole school knew that “Plain Jane Got Laid.” Too bad Plain Jane also got pregnant, and after graduation gave birth in such an under-equipped hospital that her baby died and an emergency hysterectomy ended any hope of further children. Now she’s transformed herself. She uses her middle name, Kate, and her ex-husband’s name, Dalton. A nose job and a chin implant render her so attractive that Sixer Josh Edwards doesn’t even recognize her when she comes back to Dallas from Minnesota to tend to her dying mother and temporarily joins his plastic surgery practice. But when Todd, Megan and Allison all end up with slashed throats, homicide detective Sam Wolfe connects the dots that link Dr. Kate Dalton to Plain Jane Murphy—and wonders if it’s Dr. Kate who’s wielding the lethal scalpel.Stuyck (A Novel Way to Die, 2008, etc.) offers a peek back into the creepy side of high school, with an equally creepy puzzle thrown in.