Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Deal Too Good to Be True

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Deal Too Good to Be True

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"THE WEB"

A novel by Jonathan Kellerman (6 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $23.95)

If a deal looks as if it's too good to be true, then it probably isn't all that good. A person doesn't have to be particularly wise to appreciate the value of that old saw. In spite of being able to grasp the concept, however, most of us just can't help being drawn into sweet shakes.

For instance, take the offer that's accepted by Alex Delaware. To work with noted scientist and philanthropist Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland, he receives a three-month, all-expenses-paid trip for him and his main squeeze to Aruk, a tiny Pacific island paradise. And the work isn't all that difficult. All Delaware has to do is organize the doctor's papers for publication.

In the letter that Delaware receives, the undertaking seems ideal, but like baseball teams that look good on paper, propositions like this always have a flaw. In this case, there are several. Among them is the fact that the locals and the personnel at the U.S. Navy base are at odds. Dr. Moreland turns out to be an oddball and some of his house guests are even stranger. Even worse is the fact that a few months before Delaware arrives, there was a particularly nasty murder on the island.

This story, read with distinction by John Rubinstein, is the best of the Delaware stories so far, as the psychologist-detective delves into a situation that is beyond bizarre. What he discovers is a struggle between good and evil, in which incomprehensible aspects of human nature are exposed.

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"DINOSAUR IN A HAYSTACK"

By Stephen Jay Gould (6 hours, excerpted, Dove Audio, $24.95)

Natural history is the theme of these essays, read by Meredith MaCrae and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and the subjects seem to cover almost anything and everything that pops into the author's mind.

Gould's enigmatic title is perhaps in the vein of an artist who paints a canvas black, knowing it's nonsense, but fascinated to see what people will make of it.

To me, the title is a ploy to get people to pick up the book. Obviously, it works. …

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