Capsule review

BRED TO KILL. By Franck Thilliez. Viking. 372 pages. $27.95.

“Bred to Kill” is a murder mystery. It’s a romance. No, it’s about a parent’s worst nightmare several times over. It’s also about an on-the-edge policeman and an over-the-edge former policewoman racing to thwart a world-threatening madmen’s plot.

But wait, there’s more. Actually, there’s too much.

Franck Thilliez’s second book to be translated to English isn’t a bad thriller. It’s got danger, intrigue and an interesting plot line involving DNA and evolution that most people will just enjoy rather than trying to figure out whether it’s plausible.

Any one of the plot lines — or any two, maybe even any three at the same time — makes for a good book. The problem is that Thilliez throws so many plots and subplots and pieces of plots and dangling possible plots for a third book in the series that “Bred to Kill” turns out to be only marginally satisfying.

Reviewer Carol Edwards is a freelance editor and farmer living in Marlboro County.