Dating Dead Men It's the rare writer who has either a sense of humor or a sense of suspense. Kozak, who acted in such films as "Arachnophobia" and… Dating Dead Men It's the rare writer who has either a sense of humor or a sense of suspense. Kozak, who acted in such films as "Arachnophobia" and… 2004-01-20 Mystery and Thriller
Book Review

Dating Dead Men (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; Writer: Harley Jane Kozak; Genre: Mystery and Thriller

It's the rare writer who has either a sense of humor or a sense of suspense. Kozak, who acted in such films as ''Arachnophobia'' and ''When Harry Met Sally...,'' has both -- as she displays broadly in her debut novel. Wollie Shelley is the manager of an L.A. card shop who is looking for a man, going on endless blind dates as part of a research project run by a love-lines radio host. The chance of finding a match looks bleak -- until Wollie goes to visit her institutionalized brother, stumbles on a corpse with a bullet hole, and gets kidnapped by a gorgeous ''doctor'' carrying a ferret in his pocket. The mystery aspect of the novel isn't consistently gripping, but the hilarious Wollie is entirely engaging.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints