From Publishers Weekly
As Block demonstrated in Was It Something I Said?, she has Richard Condon's manic energy and the here-and-now vocabulary of this week's Time Out New York. Oh, and she has the police procedural thing down pat. Best of all, she has a comic streak that's ruthless yet weirdly compassionate, because it's truly character-driven. Take Erica King, the mastermind behind a plot that involves the computerized theft of millions. To her self-absorbed colleagues at the accounting firm, she's a dowdy, bitchy workaholic spinster whose dull life can only be improved by hearing about their menstrual cramps and getting advice on updating her hairstyle. But in several separate incarnations-as Heidi, Maria and Marjorie-she has different wardrobes, addresses, computers and psyches, not to mention illicit megabucks stashed offshore. Although the old-fashioned hairdo turns out to be a wig covering baldness dating to childhood, it's somehow no surprise that she lures her boss, tycoon Mitch Greiff, away from his former model wife, Patricia, who was always bothering him to put on sunblock and make nice to their new best friends. Just to even the score, Patricia seduces Det. Anthony Ballestrino, in charge of figuring out what happened to a great deal of money supposedly being managed by Mitch Greiff's firm. With its cast of dozens, all fully realized, the novel is occasionally dizzying but always diverting.
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Block follows up her comic romance Was It Something I Said?
(1998) with an unusual and hilarious take on the police procedural. Two partners in the NYPD's Computer Crimes Squad are working to track down an accountant suspected of embezzling millions of dollars. The suspect's assistant, Erica, is a frumpy and seemingly forgettable woman with a talent for telling people what she thinks of them in no uncertain terms. But is she telling the whole truth about her boss? All is eventually revealed, from Erica's life story and surprising hidden depths to the missing accountant's none-too-idyllic secret existence, the trials of the irritated wife he left behind, and the two detectives' private struggles with marriage, dating, dieting, and nagging mothers. No one is immune to scrutiny in this sprawling, entertaining novel full of eccentric New Yorkers whose lives are not proceeding quite as they had planned. Carrie BisseyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved