Sports agent Myron Bolitar is taking on an unusual assignment. A friend has asked him to keep a protective eye on Brenda Slaughter, the upcoming star of the womens basketball league. Brenda has received threats against her but she doesnt want a professional bodyguard. She reluctantly agrees to let Bolitar be her unofficial guardian angel. For Bolitar it is a bittersweet assignment. Years ago, Brendas dad had been the one to intro-duce him to the sport of basketball and now it is her father who is making the threats.

Bolitar finds Brenda a complex person, a self sufficient woman still hurt by her mothers desertion and disappearance twenty years earlier. It is this combination of strengths and weakness that Bolitar finds irresistible and soon his interest in Brenda is more than professional. Fortunately (or unfortunately since Bolitar has a girlfriend) the attraction is mutual.

When Brendas dad is found murdered, suspicion falls on the basketball superstar. To Bolitar this is absurd but he decides to undertake an investigation that will not only clear her name but hopefully uncover the whereabouts of her long missing mother. What he doesnt realize is that he is about to undertake a journey of treachery, passion, and despair that will lead to the ultimate in tragedies.

ONE FALSE MOVE is a murder mystery but also details the things that people do for love, whether it is love between a man and a woman, between parent and child, or love of self. This is a strong tale, abounding with humor as well as sorrow. (May, 340 pp., $6.99 )

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg