Frank White still hasn't told his girlfriend Meg Carpenter that he's an ex-con who did time in California after he got booted off the Dallas force for shooting a druggie who was trying to kill him. He figures there'll be time later--until Darla Bern, a tenth-rate actress he knew from the coed slammer they shared, turns up back in Dallas, getting Meg to give her a tour of the snooty girls' school where she teaches. Frank's sure Darla's up to no good, and even Meg's sure Darla and her chauffeur are planning to kidnap one of her bratty charges. But once Frank recognizes Darla, things happen too fast to stop. If only Frank had come clean with Meg, right? No, if only Meg had come clean with Frank, and told him about the moneyed parents that made Meg herself the perfect kidnap victim--and Frank the perfect patsy for Darla and her confederates: a smooth-talking planner, a violent minder, and a mysterious connection whose identity nobody's allowed to know. Though they're working one of the most familiar plots in the business, these beauties have some slick moves in reserve. . . . And so does author Gray, taking a high-velocity break from his Bino series (Bino's Blues, 1995, etc.). Better set the alarm clock when you start this one; you'll never notice the time flying past.