May 22, 2000 12:00 PM

>PLACES IN THE DARK Thomas H. Cook Two brothers become involved with the same treacherous temptress in a yarn set on the Maine coastline in the ’30s. One brother doesn’t live to tell the tale. (Bantam, $23.95)

AFTER THE FIRE Belva Plain

In the 18th novel by the bestselling author, a seemingly picture-perfect family disintegrates and a cheating husband chooses an ignoble tool—the couple’s children—to blackmail his wife. (Delacorte, $25.95)

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