Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>STANDOFF Sandra Brown Is it good luck for a reporter to have a dream story fall into her lap? Tiel McCoy, heroine of this thriller by the author of The Alibi, isn't so sure anymore. (Warner, $19.95)

PURE POETRY Binnie Kirshenbaum In this humorous yet tender novel, the author charts the romances of a neurotic poet whose life comes to a crisis point on her 38th birthday. (Simon & Schuster, $22)

THE PATIENT Michael Palmer

ARTIE—Assisted Robotic Tissue Incision and Extraction—is the name given the robot surgeon and star of the ninth medical thriller by Palmer, a real-life M.D. (Bantam, $24.95)

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