ALMOST A CRIME
Vincenzi's lyrical storytelling quickly envelops the reader in this lengthy, yet highly satisfying, novel. The main protagonists, Octavia and Tom Fleming, are superbly developed characters, and the glamour and tragedies of their lives are highlighted in this no-holds-barred book, complete with passion, infidelity and villainy.
Tom's marketing firm is soon on the verge of bankruptcy, since Octavia's father is determined to destroy Tom for hurting his daughter. When Octavia finally learns the identity of Tom's mistress, the novel takes on a more sinister tone, as the mistress has a secret of her own. (Overlook, Nov., 627 pp., $26.95)