Picks and Pans Review: Albatross

updated 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Evelyn Anthony

The main character in this curious romantic spy thriller is a most unappealing woman. She is cold, vengeful, surly, humorless—and a British Intelligence officer. Not even her mother and father like her. Her husband, a KGB defector, has been assassinated. She is ordered to find out which of the three top men in British Intelligence is also working for the Russians. Her orders are given by one of the three suspects. She pretends to resign and take a job in a trendy advertising agency. The same character was the heroine of 1981's The Defector and 1982's The Avenue of the Dead, both best-sellers. Anthony is also the author of The Tamarind Seed and several other suspense novels. She is a slick, efficient writer. But she seems not to care in the least that, for the sake of her plot, her characters behave erratically. In the course of this story, the heroine falls out of love with the heroic intelligence officer she lives with and moves in with the head of the ad agency, a silly fop. The fact that this new love has a wife and children and apparently plans to keep them doesn't faze this heroine at all. Ah, well, times have changed, haven't they? (Putnam's, $14.95)

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