In the Deep Woods

Nicholas Conde, Author St. Martin's Press $18.94 (306p) ISBN 978-0-312-02588-5
The title tells where a serial killer has left the bodies of the nearly 40 young women he violated, mutilated and murdered. A recent victim was the best friend of children's author Carol Warren. At the funeral, Carol, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend over his interest in bondage, meets Eric Gaines, a N.Y. detective assigned to the case. A little later, she is approached by Paul Miller, who tells her he's a private eye hired by another victim's family. Carol discovers that Paul is lying and becomes understandably worried when she realizes he is tailing her. Meanwhile, she has also begun to date Frank Matheson, an employee of her brother, a successful entrepreneur. While it's quickly clear that each new manand the familiar onesin Carol's life could be the killer, Conde ( The Religion ) spices up the plot by having Paul tell Carol her brother is a suspect. The way suspicion erodes relationships is the most convincing aspect of this tepid chiller, with overblown psychological underpinnings that don't do the job and a heroine naive unto stupidity. 30,000 first printing; movie rights to Columbia Pictures; Doubleday Book Club selection. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Hardcover - 576 pages - 978-0-7089-2568-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-312-92990-9
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