DELUSION by Joanna Elm

DELUSION

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Where's the gun? Merion County investigators wonder when Emma Kane, the bullying, promiscuous wife of even more obsessively philandering World Media News president Jack Kane, is shot to death--together with a hunky law student who moonlights as a male stripper--at the Main Line estate she still maintains even though Jack's decamped for New York. Only one person knows where the gun is: geeky Channel 7 news tech Lewis Terrenzio, determined to avenge himself on Jack Kane by breaking into the homes of Jack's former lovers, a lineup of Jessica Savitch wannabe newsanchors (in an especially tasteful touch, Lewis turns out to have been hounding real-life anchor Savitch herself), and forcing them at knifepoint to strip for a get-Jack videotape Lewis is making. Elm (Scandal, not reviewed) shows Lewis's high-tech Peeping Tom act getting him wildly past his depth when the night he picks to spy on Emma Kane and Tony Salerno is the very night they get shot. Now he's got not only the murder weapon (flung at his departing car by the killer), but a shadowy video of the perp, which he's about as likely to take to the cops as he is to be anointed the next Jessica Savitch. So it's up to bestselling crime reporter Kate McCusker to follow the tangle of blonds, erotomaniac fixations, and eleventh-hour secrets in order to unveil the killer--if the killer doesn't wipe out Kate's fragile family first. Glossy telemovie fodder, with Kate's interpolated transmutations of the case to the formulas of true-crime romance indistinguishable from Elm's own rolling periods.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0312860641
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Forge/Tor