Picks and Pans Review: The Fifth Angel
After Jack Ruskin neglects to pick up his teenage daughter Janet from soccer practice, she is kidnapped and tormented for days by a sexual predator. She survives, but Jack, already crazed with guilt, finally snaps when the rapist is caught but sentenced to only four years. He sets out to hunt other sex offenders and ventilate them with a 9-mm Glock. Is he no better than any other serial killer?
Green, a lawyer and sports commentator, adroitly handles the legal aspects of this well-plotted thriller. He also can address thorny moral questions about vigilantism without preaching. (Warner, $24.95)
BOTTOM LINE: Revenge tale with heft
Page-turner of the week