Picks and Pans Review: Nail Biter of the Week

updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

>FLAWLESS by Adam Barrow

KINKY DOESN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE Michael Woodrow or his dad, Norman. Gorgeous Michael, a management consultant who looks like a Calvin Klein model, is a lady-killer. Take that as you will. As for Norman, a sardonic former college professor and ex-con, let's just say that in this case the rotten apple didn't fall far from the tree.

But while neither of the Woodrows is someone you'd want to fix up with your sister—or even a stranger—the two tortured souls emerge as surprisingly sympathetic figures in this stylish first thriller from "Barrow," pseudonym for an author the publisher is thus far identifying only as "an acclaimed writer." Given the aplomb with which he or she pilots this plunge into the dark side, a place rank with old nightmares and familial horror, more kudos should be coming. (Dutton, $22.95)

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