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Pretty Maids in a Row Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995


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From Publishers Weekly

A headline-grabbing plot that draws from the Anita Hill situation, the Spur Posse in Lakewood, Calif., and the case of Lorena Bobbit is the basis of this soap opera masquerading as psychological suspense novel. "Little Sister" was a jeering sobriquet applied by 15 Dominion University frat brothers to the sometimes willing--and oft-times raped--coeds they dogged for sex, then tallied on their "dance cards." Now, 14 years after she was victimized, environmental lobbyist Holly Kaufman finds that one of her assaulters, Tim Ziegler, now a senator, has been nominated for a cabinet post. His role in the vicious game is raked up, then swiftly buried. Disgusted, Holly joins the Little Sister Society, a group dedicated to nonviolent retribution. Her fellow members are a quartet of one-note characters: Bobbi, a mousy IRS employee with a movie-of-the-week-style split personality; calculating businesswoman Erica, who has buried several husbands; Rachel, a man-hating, lesbian FBI agent; and April, a psychologist. Clearly, someone has become unhinged: first Ziegler, then other ex-frat boys, are killed in a vengeful, bloody fashion. Campbell, the author of Pyramid of Dreams and other paperback novels, tries to inject excitement with a sizzling romance between sex-shy Holly and a womanizing, arrogant reporter trailing the group, but she can't get beyond the formulaic argue-assault-apologize school of attraction. The final scene, in which the killer is unmasked, is ludicrously flat. Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This new novel by the author of Stardust Dreams (NAL, 1993) takes as its premise the gang rape of five coeds at Dominion University by an immoral group of fraternity brothers. Years later, as the story begins, one of those fraternity brothers is being confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Housing in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Hill-Thomas hearings. ("Mizz Wallace, did you or did you not willingly take Senator Ziegler's penis into your mouth on more than one occasion?") Senator Ziegler's murder and the subsequent deaths of two others involved in the long-ago rape lead authorities to suspect heroine Holly Kaufman and fellow members of "The Little Sister Society." Stiff, unlikable characters and uninspired writing with too many shock vulgarities diminish what could have been an interesting story of vengeance for the exploitation of the "weaker sex." Not recommended.
- Alice DiNizo, Raritan P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451405714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451405715
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,393,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise is such a good one and the characters are an interesting lot but the book as a whole misses somewhat. It seems like the author just needed so much filler that any sense of mystery or dread was not there. Take out some of the needless paragraphs and tighten up the "script" and this could be a potboiler. I can, however, see this as a made for tv movie on Lifetime.
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By Linda Demaree VINE VOICE on November 8, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I felt that this was a fairly good story of retribution and revenge . . . maybe a little trite, but it kept me interested and kept me reading. I probably would have read it in one sitting if I had had the time. So I have to say it was a very good novel.
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By A Customer on March 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Certainly not the best book I have read lately but it did keep my intrest enough to want to get to the end. Would make good leasure reading such as a bring along to the cabin this summer. Not too engrossing but entertaining.
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By Kay on March 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Great premise for a book--fell a little short of expectations, but still worth the read!
Well worth the amount I paid for it.
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