Picks and Pans Review: Guilty Pleasures

updated 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Lawrence Sanders

Lawrence Sanders, the popular mystery author who died Feb. 7, left a memorable body of thrillers in his Deadly Sins and Commandments series. Guilty Pleasures, however, offers a frisky change of pace. Over the course of two decades, he follows the Folsby clan of Boca Raton, Fla., whose extreme wealth and high social standing are balanced by a paucity of conventional morality. To pick a successor for his publishing empire, patriarch Emmet Folsby pits his avaricious daughter Barbara against his playboy son Brett. And an elderly neighbor, former judge Seth Parnell, is stirring the Folsby pot for his own selfish reasons. Plenty of sexual spice enlivens this full plate of greed and dirty dealing: incest, closeted homosexuality and hush-hush interracial affairs. Do the wrongdoers get their just desserts? Come on. This is not only the real world but the Boca Raton world. The rich get richer, and the lascivious get more satisfaction. Still, Guilty is a pleasure from soup to nuts. (Putnam, $24.95)

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