ON THE COUCH
Marlowe is a 36-year-old New York psychologist who helps others with their romantic relationships, even though she hasn't found a satisfying one of her own. Joe is a 38-year-old New York police detective recently demoted and divorced by his wife. When their lives intersect due to a homicide, Joe mistakenly thinks Marlowe is a call girl, and in the name of research, she just can't seem to tell him otherwise.
Kwitney's third novel offers humor, realistic characters, spicy sex, intrigue and suspense, while covering common relationship issues. Her writing is irresistible, and her passages discussing Marlowe's feelings about her relationship with the intimacy-fearing Joe are astonishingly heartwrenching and accurate. (Jul., 320 pp., $10.95)
Samantha J. Gust