cover image Me, Myself, and Why?

Me, Myself, and Why?

MaryJanice Davidson, St. Martin's, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-53117-1

Davidson's odd chick lit thriller cozy, the first in a trilogy introducing Cadence Jones, a federal agent afflicted with MPD (multiple personality disorder), will either delight or horrify. To begin, one must buy into the concept that the FBI would have a covert branch in Minneapolis, the Bureau of False Flags Ops (BOFFO), staffed with operatives like Jones; her sociopathic partner, George Pinkham; and assorted pyromaniacs, kleptomaniacs, and paranoid psychotics. Jones's joking about the various mental challenges of her crew may strike some as creepy in the context of their hunt for the "ThreeFer" serial killer. Meanwhile, Jones's alternating identities hop in and out during the disjointed investigation, creating romantic problems. Davidson (Undead and Unfinished) deserves credit for attempting black comedy, but her paranormal romance fans may be left scratching their heads. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.)