by William Katz

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Katz's latest thriller (after Open House and Surprise Party) gives a new lift to the ``mad doctor'' themesmall wonder, when the doctor is Andre Laval, one of this country's leading plastic surgeons. Not content with the odd improving tuck, Laval is determined to create a perfect face, one which will exactly capture ``the look of the '90s.'' To that end, he has worked hard and well on Carly Randall, a savvy young magazine journalist whose face was all-but destroyed in an accident. Carly is thrilled iwth her new appearance (and has hopes of attracting a certain editor with it) until the day she's accosted by a woman who insists that Carly is her missing daughter. When the daughter's photo reveals a face that is an exact duplicate of her own, Carly sets about investigating the murders and/or disappearances of a number of young women, all of whom were once Laval's patients. And while she's looking into their deaths, Laval is plotting to make her a statistic too. Katz's skill in shaping what (one hopes) is a far-fetched tale provides a wealth of suspenseful moments while giving new meaning to the concept of saving face. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club selection. (March)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This slick hospital thriller has the hokey characterization typical of the genre, and lacks the factual detail that made Robin Cook's early novels convincing. But it's a surefire success because of its subjectplastic surgeryand the serial rights have been sold to Cosmopolitan . Katz, author of TV dramas (not the Bill Katz who edits Magazines for Libraries ) is a skillful suspense builder. Andre Laval, plastic surgeon of the beautiful people and a former lowlife with a reconstructed face, tries to boost his medical reputation by creating ``the face of the nineties.'' He kills the first three unfortun ates on whom he experiments. But the fourth, a writer in search of a Pulitzer Prize-winning story, gets wise and discovers what happened to the other beauties with her face. Tacky, but a circulation builder. Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.

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