Picks and Pans Review: Defects of the Heart

updated 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Barbara Gordon

Previously known for her 1979 best-selling autobiography about prescription drug abuse, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, film producer Gordon has centered her first novel on one of the most annoying women ever to stride oh-so-resolutely across a page. She's a gorgeous New York filmmaker without any trace of humor, continually congratulating herself for being so bright, so successful, so single, so sensual. Devoted to her career, the long-limbed dynamo (is there a modern fictional woman with stumpy legs?) still makes time to tryst each Thursday with her adoring, occasionally slavering, married boss. Any guilt? Not from these two—they're too busy "prolonging and attenuating the moments of tenderness, allowing the caresses to linger, expanding time." Meanwhile the woman films an expose on a company about to market a drug known to cause birth defects. When the company offers a thinly disguised bribe, the exposé is tabled and our heroine realizes that most of her co-workers are spineless toadies groveling for public television pledges. At the end, hardly even breathing hard, she strides off into the sunset, a ruggedly handsome public-interest lawyer in tow. (Harper & Row, $14.95)

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