WITNESS IN DEATH
It should have been a delightful evening at the theater. And Lieutenant Eve Dallas could not deny that the revival of the play Witness for the Prosecution was fascinating. But when murder makes a real entrance, it becomes business as usual for Eve to find out who switched a prop knife for a real one, resulting in the death of the plays much despised leading man.
There are, of course, a plethora of suspects. For once, her husband Roarke is not one of them. But other people important to Eve turn out to have unexpectedly intimate connections to the case, and the tough lady cop finds herself treading a minefield of personal relationships as she pursues the killer. But will justice really be served when she reveals the identity of the murderer?
A classic mystery developed with all the subtlety of Christie combined with the incomparable style and panache of todays most remarkable author, this mesmerizing play within a play is well nigh irresistible with its taut, crisp dialogue, intricate plot and memorable characters. (Mar., 368 pp., $6.99)