Katia Lief has another chapter in her private investigator and former policewoman Karin Schaeffer series, "Vanishing Girls." (Harper/337 pages)
Karin Schaeffer knows the horror of violent crime far too intimately; her daughter and first husband were murdered.
But that is hardly the end in of her personal tragedies - she has suffered the trauma of miscarriage.
As she struggles to get on with life, she hears that the so-called "Working Girl Killer" is back in action targeting prostitutes.
When the Schaeffer's beloved babysitter is killed in a similar fashion as the other victims of the Working Girl Killer, Karin is compelled to investigate.
What she uncovers is a plot involving human trafficking.
One heart-wrenching statistic Ms. Lief points out to her reader is that there are an estimated 1.3 million persons exploited in the sex trade in India alone. One shudders to think of the number of individuals so cruelly abused throughout the world.
Katia Lief's private investigator, Karin Schaeffer, is a likable character - smart, tough, but very maternal.