Books: Roman

MURDER AT ELAINE'S by Ron Rosenbaum Stonehill; 192 pages; $7.95

Elaine's, as even people in Peoria know, is that raffish gin mill on Manhattan's Upper East Side where the sleeker elements of publishing and broadcasting gather to eat roadhouse food and trade gossip. Over the years, journalists have grown into Hollywood-gauge celebrities, and Elaine's has now become so chic, so select, so humid with status and power, that some people would kill for a good table.

That, at least, is the premise of Ron Rosenbaum's delightfully bitchy first novel, a tale of lethal venality among...

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