Picks and Pans Review: Partners

updated 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by William Harrington

Three women lawyers in Houston are the main characters in this novel, which owes its seamy milieu to Thomas Thompson's Blood and Money. One, who worked her way through law school as a topless waitress, is accused of murder. The second, a member of one of Houston's most powerful families, is retained to defend her. The third woman is the judge at the trial that climaxes the book. The murder takes place before the beginning, and there are endless, and increasingly tiresome, flashbacks about the three women. The sex is plentiful but oddly unaffecting. As a matter of fact, this book—while readable enough and passingly suspenseful—is not very believable on any level. The author, a lawyer who has written eight previous novels, is too slick for his own good. (Seaview, $11.95)

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