IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I DIE by Peter Israel

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I DIE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Archie Goodwin clone Philip Revere (first appearance: I'll Cry When I Kill You) comes to the aid of his boss's wife, who thinks one of her patients (she's a sex therapist) may be ""The Pillow Killer,"" New York's latest serial murderer, who loves 'em and leaves 'em--dead. Revere agrees not to involve his boss, though he reneges when his investigating converges on some office clients--the Magisters, now bickering over the family billions (cf. the Basia Johnson trial). Soon therapist Nora is threatened; her young patient, Carter McCloy, commits suicide; her marriage, for unspecified reasons, is teetering; and ""The Pillow Killer"" continues while each of the Magisters tries to make his/her own financial killing. The dead Carter's best chum now wants to become Nora's patient; Revere's sleuthing uncovers teen murderers galore; and Nora (as well as a lover) is barely saved in time by Revere's scrambling rescue--as his boss, superlawyer Camelot, effects a (sort of) reconciliation among the Magisters. Passable reading for Goodwin/Wolfe fans, but short on wit, pungency. The Camelot marriage-crisis' syrupy resolution makes one's teeth ache, while the multiple-murderer theme dabbles in implausibilities.

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 1989
Publisher: Mysterious Press--dist. by Ballantine