Picks and Pans Review: Lethal Seduction

updated 08/21/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/2000 01:00AM

by Jackie Collins

Beautiful celebrity journalist Madison Castelli, the plucky heroine of Jackie Collins's L.A. Connections series, makes a return appearance here, but this time all the news is breaking in Madison's own life. Her ex-boyfriend is back, begging forgiveness. Her new beau is mysteriously out of touch. Her best friend, Jamie Nova, thinks her husband is cheating on her. And her doting father is suddenly a man with a ton of secrets.

That's just the beginning of the intrigue in the latest bawdy, boisterous lustfest from Collins, Adding to the melodrama are Mob princess Rosarita Falcon, who's looking to off her sweet soap-opera-star hubby; Joel Blaine, the trust-fund playboy with a yen for public sex; and bighearted stripper Varoomba, who's looking to settle down with the mobster of her dreams. The kooky cast ultimately converges on a Las Vegas boxing match where all the gloves come off.

Collins has never been one to let reality get in the way of a good, juicy story. But her sex scenes are still riotous, and her wickedly warped worldview makes for laugh-out-loud summertime reading. (Simon & Schuster, $26)

Bottom Line: Far-fetched and foolish, but fun

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