THE LAST CHEERLEADER
Literary agent Mary Beth Conahan's life is terrificuntil people start dying around her. First, her star author and her ex-husband are found dead together, then a second author perishes in a hotel room. Naturally, Mary Beth's a prime suspect in the eyes of cop Dan Rucker, but there's not enough evidence to arrest heryet.
While Mary Beth tries to regroupand avoid getting romantically entangled with Danan old friend appears, needing help. She also provides a link to Mary Beth's past that has surprising and devastating repercussions in the present.
THE LAST CHEERLEADER has a strong but overly complex plot. O'Brien's writing style is very accessible, however, and her heroine is someone most women can certainly identify with. (Dec., 400 pp., $6.50)