February 28, 2000 12:00 PM

puts the pair on the trail of a killer. As they track their prime suspect to a low-budget film noir festival, the lovers parry femmes fatales, two-bit thugs and mysterious callers who would do their screen counter-parts proud. Yes, the ending is flat and pat, but Krentz has so much fun sending up the noir genre that you won’t mind going along for the ride. (Putnam, $23.95)

Bottom Line: No Big Sleep, but no snoozer either

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