Modern Life, Ancient Fear

TITLE: ORION

AUTHOR: RALPH GRAVES

PUBLISHER: BARRICADE; 396 PAGES; $21.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: A father recounts in fiction his daughter's fight to recover from a devastating crime.

The dream of picking money off trees has become virtual reality in the late 20th century with the invention of the cash-dispensing machine, but like many dreams, it has a primitive dark side: the fear that easy pickings are susceptible to easy loss. And for women, there's more at risk than money.

The everyday experience of getting cash from the corner bank after hours is the jumping-off point for Orion. Nancy Whittredge, a reporter...

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