Glass, best known for her critically acclaimed April Woo series, offers this tale of 40-year-old stockbroker Annie Custer. Annie appears to have it all: a loving husband, two beautiful teenage daughters and a high-powered job at the New York brokerage firm of Hall Stale. But her husband is actually unemployed and suffering post-9/11 trauma, her college-bound daughter refuses to get out of bed and her younger daughter is experimenting with marijuana.

Reluctantly, Annie agrees to travel with her friend Carol to the home of Carol's parents, the Teaths, to take possession of their stash of securities. Difficulties arise when $250,000 of bearer bonds go missing somewhere between the Teaths' home and the vault at Hall Stale and Carol's eccentric father threatens to have Annie prosecuted for the theft. On top of that, Annie's attractive boss, Brian, alternates between anger at her for misplacing the securities and attempts at seduction.

Glass' dark humor shines through, amusing readers in situations that at first seem far from laughable. Even when the Teaths threaten Annie with theft charges, she can't allow herself to panic, as she must focus on her housekeeper, who is quitting, her hypochondriac daughter and her husband, whose only daily outing is to the golf course. This entertaining novel highlights Glass' talent. (Jan., 272 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick