Vivian Carlson hated her husband so much that she kept a good black suit ready in case he might be killed in a car accident. Her hatred comes to a head as Walter commits the ultimate act of betrayalhe brings home his child by another woman. When asked why he felt she would do it, he responds, Cause youre that kind of woman, Viv.

Vivian takes the child but leaves Walter and finds love in the arms of Professor Marc Kline. Walter pulls a variety of stunts, including suing her for custody of the baby.. As a political figure he cannot win the latest election without his adoring wife.

Well-developed characters, a terrifi-cally evil villian, an interesting plot and a story that is so unbelievable yet somehow realistic in todays society make this a fascinating book. (Oct., 374 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims