Out of Her League

TO DIE FOR by Joyce Maynard

Dutton; 241 pages; $20

In 1972 Joyce Maynard burst onto the literary scene, writing an autobiographical cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled "An 18- Year-Old Looks Back on Life." She parlayed her reputation as the most famous teenager on the Eastern Seaboard into a grownup career as a writer, producing capable and occasionally compelling chronicles of all things domestic. She has produced one novel and countless articles, and has been labeled -- not unfairly -- a women's writer. Now she has attempted a crime novel loosely based on a tabloid murder. The...

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