Fanning, Diane. Punish the Deed. Severn House. Mar. 2009. c.217p. ISBN 978-0-7278-6707-0. $27.95.M

As Greensboro, VA, homicide lieutenant Lucinda Pierce (The Trophy Exchange) searches for the killer of a children’s charity worker, it soon becomes apparent that the note “I was left behind,” found near the body, has a deeper meaning than first thought.

Pierce, struggling with issues involving her disfigured face and her disregard for rules and orders, finds herself working with the FBI. Fanning injects enough edge-of-the-seat action to keep readers turning pages.

Recommend this to patrons who enjoy J.A. Konrath and Jan Burke. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 11/1/08.]