Picks and Pans Review: High-Heel Blue

updated 02/17/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Diane K. Shah

Page-Turner of the Week

WHAT'S BLACK AND WHITE AND RED all over? Try hard-driving African-American cop Todd Robbie, his equally ambitious (and Caucasian) patrol partner Brenden Harlow and the rest of the LAPD, who are decidedly embarrassed by the success of a brazen serial killer preying on female ATM customers in this seductive chiller.

When initial investigative efforts dead-end, the gutsy Harlow agrees to decoy duty. But her assignment quickly turns even more treacherous than she has anticipated—the slayer starts stalking her.

As the devious, double-barreled plot amply demonstrates, Shah, who previously wrote Chief: My Life in the LAPD with Daryl Gates, can make you hold your breath until the last page. But beyond that, what distinguishes her tale is its informed, unflinching look at the men, and especially the women, who walk the thin blue line. (Simon & Schuster, $23)

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