Picks and Pans Review: Vertical Run

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

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

by Joseph R. Garber

Beach Book of the Week

No wonder the first section of this clever, nonstop thriller is titled "A Bad Day at the Office." Arriving at his executive suite in a Manhattan high-rise at Senterex corporation, David Elliot is confronted by his genteel boss, who tries to shoot him. Then federal agents play close combat with Elliot around the fax machine, though readers don't yet have a clue what's going down or why. Luckily, Dave, a Green Beret operative in Vietnam, hasn't lost his seek-and-destroy skills. The fun here is seeing how inventively guerrilla warfare can be waged in an office building—and how niftily it plays to readers' fantasies of creating chaos at work with copier toner and computer cable. By the time Dave has unraveled the mystery in this mélange of Die Hard 2 and The Hot Zone, he has neutralized the government forces and found his own prescription for postcorporate success. (Bantam, $21.95)

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