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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
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380706853
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256

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