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)