Gordon, a successful screenwriter (Murder in the First) has written a novel destined for the big screen. The only Jewish cop in Hawaii, Dani Kahane still has a crush on Nora Wolfe, the straying wife of Jack, an untrustworthy millionaire. Nora threw Dani over and took up with a blond surfer and failed NFL-star named Chad. Jack, badly strapped for cash, enlists Nora and Chad's aid in faking his death?for the insurance, of course. Jack will appear to have been murdered, and he and Nora can split the insurance money, with Chad as the fall guy. But both Jack and Nora are incredibly devious, and when the inevitable happens, Dani has to sort out the pieces. Despite some interesting plot twists, the characters are so uniformly unpleasant that readers may be rooting for all of them to be done in, even though a sequel is planned. Not an essential purchase.?Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex.
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