Picks and Pans Review: New on Paperback

updated 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>DOROTHY PARKER: WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS? More detailed than intimate, Marion Meade's biography of the famed femme of the Algonquin is a dull study of a sharp wit. (Penguin)

HOT MONEY This well-paced Dick Francis mystery, the 26th in his stable, turns on a rich Englishman who thinks his kids are trying to kill him. (Fawcett)

THE ICARUS AGENDA Less plot and more thought would salvage Robert Indium's saga about election rigging. (Bantam)

LONG DISTANCES Fabrienne Marsh's first novel unfolds through a married couple's letters and deftly explores their relationship. (Washington Square Press)

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