homicide detective Jessie Drake is astonished when her closest
high school confidant, who hasn’t been in touch for almost two
years, shows up at her door with an alarming tale of being harassed
by an unseen stalker. The friend is now "Dr. Renee," a popular
radio talk show psychologist who doles out quick-fix no-nonsense
advice to troubled callers on everything from lackluster marriages
to steamy illicit affairs. Now Renee is desperately frightened
and convinced that Jessie can help her.
and with little to go on, Jessie agrees to investigate— just
as a favor. But her interest quickly turns professional when
Renee’s six-year-old daughter Molly is kidnapped and the child’s
nanny murdered. Renee and her estranged husband Barry, already
in a fierce battle over custody, trade angry charges of blame
and suspicion while Jessie tracks a bizarre series of events
that began a few weeks earlier when a battered wife phoned Dr.
Renee for help. Now the woman’s crazed husband blames the radio
therapist for handing out advice that his ruined his marriage,
and—on the air for all to hear—he threatens revenge.
a child as a pawn, a killer holds all the cards—and he’s chosen
Jessie to be the LAPD’s top player. As the hours tick by, he
uses the radio talk show to up the ante, sending shock waves
of fear and disbelief throughout the city. And under the hot
glare of media scrutiny, Jessie works feverishly against the
clock to beat him at his own game—because she knows that a man
who has killed and has nothing to lose will stop at nothing
to satisfy his need for vengeance.
for Dead Air
"In her fourth mystery featuring Los Angeles Police Department
detective Jessie Drake, Krich deals with the complex issues
of domestic violence, family dysfunction, and the search for
spirituality in a world full of distractions.... With a well-crafted
plot that calls attention to important social issues, this fast-moving
story will appeal to a variety of readers."
Livonia Observer & Eccentric
"The riveting story could bring Krich even more prizes.
It could also bring her recognition outside the mystery fiction
genre. Any reader who is looking for a well-told, fast-moving
tale, built around vivid characters involved in issues that
are both contemporary and timeless will find this book a treasure."
"A page turner that keeps the reader interested in the central
plot's twists and turns...a suspenseful and worthwhile read."
"Krich hits her stride with this novel.... Watch for more
fine writing from this 'Queen of Mystery' contender and savor
this psychologically suspenseful police procedural."
"Krich tackles not one, not two but almost a dozen touch
subjects...which I won't give away so you can enjoy the twists
and turns of this investigation as much as I did."
"Krich delivers some real suspense."
RT Book Club
"DEAD AIR is a masterwork of suspense. Krich keeps the pot boiling
and readers will hold their breaths until the outcome of the
story. There are also several involving subplots that will keep
you on the edge of your seat."
"Jessica Drake is a superb law enforcement official, but
her personal life remains in shambles though she seeks contentment.
She has mixed and confusing feelings about her ex-husband. She
slowly is coming to terms with her Jewish heritage. Finally,
Jessica struggles with an inner conflict involving her abusive
mother and her "see no evil" father who ignored it. Because
Jessica seems so real, the entertaining mystery appears even
more genuine. An excellent story line is made even stronger
by Rochelle Krich's talent for characterization."
Jekyll's Golden Islander
"If you like meat with your potatoes, krich is the writer
for you. She tackles complicated social issues and serves it
up with a cracking good mystery. Krich is one of the best."
editorial reviewer Michael Hudson
"[Jessie] Drake knits up some awfully deft police work for a
neatly finished cuff of a close. Krich has created a series
with legs, and as Jessie Drake's character grows, so will the
ranks of her fans."
"A compelling tale of abuse, kidnapping and stalking....Tune
in to this top notch thriller and leave the light on."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A real nail-biter...thoroughly engaging"
"This is a story the reader watches unfold, evolve, spin
in and out of control and eventually come to a resolution...
There's a sense in this, as in Krich's earlier works, that the
author sees a bigger picture and uses her craft to select and
showcase the best way to illustrate her observations about society."
"Dead Air is a cerebral mystery, high on content, with enough
action thrown in to keep up the pace....Important questions
are answered in the end, but more are raised, leaving the door
open for yet another welcome sequel."
Baltimore Jewish Times
"Nail-biting...a well-crafted story with many unexpected