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David and Molly Jones, urban professionals, live happily with their toddler son Michael on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Then Diedre Grocci moves into their apartment building. She's David's moody ex-wife, and she wants him back.

Slowly, Diedre lures David back into a world of addictive, violent sex. David is hers for keeps now -- or so she thinks. But she doesn't reckon on David's wife. To hold on to her family, her sanity and her life, Molly will go to hell and back.

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Overview

David and Molly Jones, urban professionals, live happily with their toddler son Michael on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Then Diedre Grocci moves into their apartment building. She's David's moody ex-wife, and she wants him back.

Slowly, Diedre lures David back into a world of addictive, violent sex. David is hers for keeps now -- or so she thinks. But she doesn't reckon on David's wife. To hold on to her family, her sanity and her life, Molly will go to hell and back.

"Lutz...beyond superlatives." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
He's won an Edgar Award and several Shamus Awards (including, in 1995, a Lifetime Achievement Award), but Lutz (Burn, 1995) isn't likely to collect any prizes for this brisk but lightweight and predictable psychothriller. Anyone who's seen the movies Fatal Attraction or Single White Female (the latter filmed from Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same) will anticipate many of this novel's twists and turns, which follow Hollywood's formula for stalk-and-slash stories; in fact, this work is based on a screenplay of the same title that's currently in production from producer/director Mark Lester. The villain here is ravishing redhead Deirdre Chandler, who, after killing a guard while escaping from a state mental institution, heads for Manhattan and her ex-husband, literary agent David Jones. Never mind that David has remarried; in no time, Deirdre works her way back into his life, moving into his apartment building and serving as the new babysitter for his son, Michael, after she kills off the old one. David's sweet young wife, Molly, wrinkles her nose at Deirdre early on, but before she can take action the femme fatale has kidnapped Michael, leading to a familiar climax, awash in blood. Characterization throughout is simple but convincing, particularly David's self-loathing as he falls in sexual thrall to Deirdre. Lutz offers a few over-the-top scenes, including a coupling in a funeral parlor, to spice up the story; but what he's serving here is yesterday's meal all the same. (Aug.)
Wes Lukowsky
After a messy divorce, David Jones has moved to New York for a fresh start: new job, new wife, three-year-old son. Then his ex-wife, Deirdre, walks out of a mental institution and back into David's life, determined to recapture him even if she must destroy his current life to do so. David doesn't help himself. Only when she has lodged herself in his apartment building and his family is in physical danger does he reach out to the police. The versatile Lutz, author of two ongoing detective series as well as numerous other thrillers, is mining the same vein here--New York, big apartment buildings, rampant terror--he exploited so well in "S.W.F. Seeks Same" (1990), which became the hit movie "Single White Female". It's no coincidence that this novel has also been optioned for a big-screen treatment. Still, Lutz readers may be disappointed; he's done better work. On the other hand, Lutz is a fine craftsman, even when his material is a bit predictable, and the movie tie-in is certain to create demand.
Kirkus Reviews
Private-eye specialist Lutz, who did so much to popularize the genre of the nanny/cop/temp/girlfriend from hell with SWF Seeks Same (1989), is back with—what else?—the ex-wife from hell.

David Jones is a lucky New Yorker, supervisor of fee readers at a literary agency, with a perfect wife, free-lance copy editor Molly, and a perfect kid, three-year-old Michael, who's so perfect that he sleeps later than his parents. Unfortunately, David's ex-wife, Deirdre, is less than perfect. When a tornado sets her loose from the Missouri mental institution where she's been locked up since threatening her second ex-husband, she turns up in Manhattan, sexy, self-possessed, stylish, and anxious to pick up where she left off with David six years ago. Not wanting to admit that Deirdre is a world-class seducer/manipulator/controller, David falls into her clutches with hardly a protest, and before long she's handcuffing him in a mortician's rest room for a nostalgic round of post-conjugal bliss. For the first half of the book, undemanding readers will have a fine time watching Deirdre hesitate among possible victims (old friend Darlene? besotted new lover Craig? Michael's preschool teacher or babysitter? the Jones's cat?) like a discriminating window-shopper. Eventually, though, the echoes of SWF Seeks Same get downright oppressive, as Deirdre, who's already whetted her appetite with lesser blood, moves into David's building, starts to blackmail David, helps herself to Molly's perfume and wardrobe, and begins to attack the remaining cast members with garden tools. Molly perceptively moans, "She wants my life and I'm in the way"—but not soon enough to stop the obligatory kidnapping of her son, who's tortured to death and sold for dog meat. Just kidding about that last part, which shows just how predictable the whole scenario is.

Familiar pleasures-and-pains slickly packaged. Veterans of Lutz's earlier New York paranoid fantasy might as well wait for the film now in production via Mark Lester.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786017522
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Pinnacle Books Fiction Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Great book!!! Kept my attention the whole way through .... easy reading! Highly recommend this book which was my first one by John Lutz. I will definitely be buying more of his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This book kept my attention throughout. There are very few books and authors can do .
    this me. I have purchased a 2nd book and it is as good as the first. So I have alot of books and a lot of reading with a good author.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Well Paced but Predictable

    This is the first novel I have read by John Lutz. While the story was well paced it was predictable. Actually, I have remember seeing this plot on an LMN movie. So, I can say it is a fairly decent book, but not one that I would consider reading again like I want with oter novels. All in all, the characters are good, Deidre is creepy, and the plot is somthing that I can see happening in real life so I would recommend it to other readers, especially those who like the author and who like a little thrill. While I wish Molly and David let us know how they "fixed" their relationship, it is still decent and leaves us feeling satisfied in the end.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Great read

    Have read all this authors book have not been disappointed once. Mr Lutz writes a very good mystery.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Too predictable!

    It started off great and the premise is good, but after a few chapters and poor character development, I found that I didn't even care about the characters. I did read the entire book, but kept waiting for some real suspense to grab me. I can't say it ever did. Read The Neighbor, by Lisa Gardner. Much better in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    dissapointing

    I was expecting more from this book. It was very predictable!!
    Wasnt hard to figure out what was going to happen next and where things were going and I didnt like the characters enough to care.

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    Posted September 5, 2007

    Smoking Book!

    Talk about reading a book that just peeks your interest in every chapter. A great book to grab at bedtime, but don't think you're going to be able to drift off to sleep. You'll be glued! And this book gets really steamy! Read on.....

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