Picks and Pans Review: Middle of Nowhere

updated 07/10/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Ridley Pearson

Seattle detective Lou Boldt is handed a string of burglaries to investigate. The latest victim, left paralyzed, is a policewoman who was probing departmental corruption. Novelist Pearson (The First Victim) deftly creates an air of suspicion as Boldt, unsure of the loyalties of his colleagues, gingerly solicits their help. His probe is complicated by his attraction to his female psychologist supervisor. Pearson weaves plot threads skillfully, and his villain is a compelling wacko. But technophobes should beware the ins and outs of garage-door openers and cell phones en route to the ghoulish finale. (Hyperion, $23.95)

Bottom Line: Fair to middling

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