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A WHODUNIT IS DONE IN BY A WHINY HEROINE

Susan Isaacs has written a succession of deft, funny thrillers set on Long Island, New York--Compromising Positions is one of the best--about wise-guy women who talk themselves in and out of some fairly deadly predicaments. The better half of her new novel, Lily White (HarperCollins; 460 pages; $25), carries on cheerfully with this agreeable storytelling. The main character, Lily White, is a 45-year-old defense attorney whose new client is a gifted con man. He's a tall, awkward fellow who seems too clumsy to be slick, but his specialty is romancing rich, lonely, middle-aged women, and he is very good at it....

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