Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?

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When she discovers that her daughter's perfect boyfriend, Kevin, is not at all what he presents himself to be and begins to panic as she uncovers the truth, Jessica sets out to stop him from doing to her daughter what he has done to others in the past. 25,000 first printing.

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Mom knows best when a daughter takes up with a guy who's wrong, wrong, wrong. Not that Kevin Glade doesn't try to make a good impression. A Cornell scholarship student who sends Laurie Lewishon poems and jewelry, he's polite and presentable to a fault; even his room is neat. Now if only he were Jewish--and if only he weren't really an impostor named Billy Owens, on the run from Kokomo, Indiana, where he killed the high-school sweetheart who thought he was getting a little too possessive. Billy did such a good job covering up his murder of April Meadows that even her parents, though they suspect she didn't just run away from home, are a million miles from suspecting him. But Laurie's shrewd mother and grandmother know from the get-go that there's something funny about relentlessly ingratiating Kevin. Jessica is determined to unmask him; but for every step she takes--uncovering holes in the biography he's sold Laurie, revealing the unhealthy intensity of his attachment to her, linking him to a conveniently dead drug user, even exposing his poems as plagiarisms--there's some plausible explanation. Meanwhile, back in Indiana, the savvy Inspector Sandy Ungar gets a hunch that the departed Billy killed April Meadows--but she runs into the same discouraging pattern of soothing explanations at every turn. How long will it be before these two worrywarts finally run into each other--and what will Kevin be doing with Laurie by the time they do? That's the one and only question Jacobs (There Was a Little Boy, 1990) has on her mind, and if you don't know what the answer will turn out to be, then this is the book for you. A bustling exercise in forestalling the obvious that's just the ticket for Mary Higgins Clark's less demanding fans. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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This novel would make a good TV movie. In fact, it aired last season. From the beginning, when Billy Owens bludgeons his girlfriend, April, to death with a telephone, the reader knows he's trouble. After dumping April's body in a quarry, Billy leaves town, changes his name to Kevin Glade, enrolls in Cornell, and takes up with Laurel Lewishon. He seems to be the perfect boyfriend--too perfect, in fact, as far as Laurel's mom, Jessica, is concerned. Laurie resents Jessica's interference, but Mom follows her instincts anyway and investigates Kevin's past on her own. Meanwhile, back in Billy's hometown, policewoman Sandy Ungar has finally been able to prove that April was murdered, and she starts looking for the killer. Kevin's creepy possessiveness gets boring, and Laurie tries to break away but finds that he won't take no for an answer. The suspense comes from worrying whether Jessica's and Sandy's paths will converge, so that they can unmask Billy/Kevin before it's too late. Despite the lack of surprises, this is an effective thriller. Mary Ellen Quinn

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