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Picks and Pans Review: Trophy Wife

updated 08/21/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Kelly Lange

Who killed Paul Bradshaw, that handsome, sexy, brilliant, famous, megarich, cold, arrogant clothing manufacturer? The line, folks, forms to the left. Could it be Billy Hilgarde, the employee enraged by Paul's callousness and an endless stream of broken promises? His envious—and incompetent—older brother, Sam? Could it be Bradshaw's smart, beautiful assistant and spurned lover, Alexandra? Or his still-picking-up-the-pieces ex-wife, Rosemary? Or maybe his beautiful current wife, the ambitious Devin, who's fed up to here with Paul's neglect and philandering.

Lange, an anchor woman at KNBC-TV in L.A., is far better at accessorizing her characters (they party with the Clintons; they dine at Spago) than she is at breathing life into them, and her prose is wooden. But her first novel, a glitzy story of renewal and revenge, moves along briskly and painlessly and mixes well with sand and water. (Simon & Schuster, $23)

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