Picks and Pans Review: Irresistible Impulse

updated 12/08/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/08/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Page-Turner of the Week

AS HEAD OF THE MANHATTAN DA'S homicide bureau, Butch Karp is preparing to prosecute a twisted scion of Long Island's upper crust—a young creep who has taken to cruising Harlem in blackface and snuffing out old ladies who remind him of his childhood nursemaid. For Butch, it is the case of a lifetime, but he's almost upstaged by his wife, Marlene Ciampi, who has more irons in the fire than U.S. Steel. A former attorney herself, with a rambunctious preteen daughter and new set of twins to worry about, Marlene has founded a feminist security firm that specializes in protecting abused women, including celebrities. Cinematic in design, the book cuts sharply back and forth from the Karp-Ciampi household to the couple's workplaces, mixing criminal violence with domestic particulars as Butch gets down and dirty with star defense lawyer Lionel T. Waley and Marlene confronts an array of bad guys—one of whom she plugs herself. The ninth book in a popular series, Irresistible proves to be just that. (Dutton, $24.95)

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