1/17/2005 
PEOPLE ON "ALICE" 
A 3-STAR REVIEW FOR ALICE! 
January 24, 2005
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> SECTION: PICKS & PANS/BOOKS; Pg. 52
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> LENGTH: 119 words
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> HEADLINE: Alice in Jeopardy;
> by Ed McBain
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> BYLINE: V.R. PETERSON
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> BODY:
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> FICTION
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> "I have your children. Don't call the police, or they'll
die." It is not what Alice Glendenning needs to hear.
The novice real estate agent has just botched a sale
and been hit by a car. Now her lonely life in Cape
October, Fla., will  turn absurd as friends, family and
police come to her aid.  Though McBain is known
for his 87th Precinct crime dramas, this tale of money,
meddlers and mayhem isn't exactly suspenseful.
Instead, the author entertains by putting an ironic spin
on themes like turf rivalry between local cops and
glory-seeking FBI agents, and by recasting familiar
characters including overburdened moms and tough
bookies.  The results are well worth a read.

[3 STARS]

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