Tina Jordan
March 23, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Alibi Man

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tami Hoag
publisher
Bantam
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a D-

Could Tami Hoag have been as bored with her own book as I was? The plot of The Alibi Man, about the death of a beautiful Russian girl in the Palm Beach polo scene, is transparent; the characters, flimsy. The bad guys even look alike: One has ”eyes…flat and black, like a shark’s”; then, 135 pages later, another has ”eyes…flat and cold, like a shark’s.” Heroine Elena Estes, an ex-cop who sullies murder investigations, is so obnoxious I was secretly rooting for her demise. But it’s the dialogue that sent me over the edge: ”You’re playing with a cobra,” Elena is warned, dramatically. ”You will get bitten. It’s just a matter of when and how badly.” D-

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