JAKE & MIMI
Little, Brown; Feb 2002; 24.95; 310 pp.
Twenty-five year old Manhattan accountant Mimi Lessing is going to marry dependable logical Mark, but would like some excitement in her life before she settles down into the mundane. At the office, senior partner Abe Stein assigns Mimi to work with newcomer Jake Teller. They are to develop a financial strategy for Brice, a client whose family has been with the firm from the start but for decades until now only for simple tax preparation.
Jake is a stud who enjoys bondage games with his female conquests. He thinks he is lucky that he, amidst ten Jewish male junior accountants, has been assigned to work with the pretty Mimi. Jake plans to seduce the very competent Mimi in his sadistic style even if Miss Lessing is soon to marry. However, as Jake begins his campaign, a third party sets in motion a deadlier game because no one will mess with that individual's worship of the staid and proper Mimi.
Though there are thrilling moments, MIMI & JAKE wastes way too much time on the hunk's sexual proclivities at the expense of the chilling aspects of the plot. The story line grabs the audience, but needs ropes to keep fans bonded because too much detail into Jake's bedroom process overwhelms the novel. Jake's women that he shows off to the magnificent Mimi to further bind her to him contain the emotion and vocabulary of a corpse. Still Frank Baldwin's tale is for those readers who enjoy graphic bondage over character development and action-packed plots.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner