Almost Night (2000) From Library Journal Detective Susannah Cannon of the Miami police homicide squad, the first-person protagonist in poet Prospero's debut novel, is determined to make it in a man's world. So when she's made lead detective in a sadistic murder case that turns into a series of cases, she turns off her emotions and gets to work. Within days, three women are brutally killed, their nude bodies carved in the same way. Cannon begins to identify with the victims, finding ties between them and her family while misinterpreting or paying too little attention to personal warnings--carelessness that puts her in great jeopardy. There is a strong sense of place here and a protagonist whose bravery just about makes up for her lack of intuition. But tension, perhaps diluted by Susannah's intermittent introspection and family time, never builds sufficiently. A serial killer like this one ought to create more suspense. For larger collections. -Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.