Megan Harlan
April 12, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shooting Elvis

Current Status
In Season
Robert M. Eversz
Grove Press

We gave it a C-

Nice girl Mary Alice Baker gets suckered by her low-life boyfriend into delivering a mysterious suitcase to LAX. When it turns out to contain a bomb, and the airport blows up, she flees the scene, checks into a motel, dyes her blond hair black, pierces her nose, and emerges as mean girl Nina Zero. Nina — who, with the inner life of a nose ring, makes for a bland narrator — then embarks on an easily foreseeable run from the authorities and the terrorists who set her up. Robert M. Eversz’s fast-paced, go-nowhere novel Shooting Elvis tries hard to be a cool literary fusion of Natural Born Killers and Thelma & Louise by snagging obvious elements from each: a media machine hungry for a young killer’s story, a fugitive woman getting violent revenge on jerky guys. But lacking original insight, style, or some redeeming quirkiness, the result is just so much hip, formulaic twaddle.

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