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Alex Delaware fans will enjoy Deception. The plot is tight, the balance between Alex/Milo just about right, the cutesy-poo interchanges with Alex's luthier/love kept to a bare minimum. A substitute teacher/tutor at an elite Westwood prep school turns up dead, packed with dry ice. With a taste for Grey Goose and a roving eye that extends beyond her relationship with a pudgy, gambler/salesman, there are any number of possible suspects and motives for the icing. The problem is that the LAPD Chief's son is a student at the school and the Chief fears that any adverse publicity could jeopardize the school's reputation and, hence, the son's chances for admission to Yale.

It's great to see the Chief again, a model of insight/cleverness yoked with snarky political incorrectness. In a world where coptalk and copspeak are the coin of the realm, you can see why he is the head honcho. He tries to keep Milo on a short leash (with predictable, negative results) as Milo and Alex investigate the pomps and works of prep schools and the politics of the SAT's/ACT's. Alex gets to use a bit of his psychological training; we get to see some of the dark side of L.A. and the even darker side of L.A.'s prep schools.

This is a solid outing, not the best of the series necessarily, but one which is smooth, tight and to the point. The chief and his son are worlds apart in their takes on things; you'll like both.

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