St. Martin's, Aug 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
In Las Vegas accountant Harry Ambrewster baby sits four year old genius Dexter Terrell while his mother Lainie dances at the Nirvana Casino. Dexter's dad Joey Benjamin angrily arrives drunk demanding to see his son who he has ignored since the kid was born. Concerned for Dexter's safety, Harry takes the kid, finds Lainie and drives to the home of his mom Rona, who comes up with a plan to confuse Joey. Dexter will remain with Rona while Lainie and Harry pretend to be Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ambrewster visiting a timesharing resort in Sedona, New Mexico.
Joey tells a bartender that he can inherit billions if he produces a kid but because he had the mumps so the probability of a second child is zero. He needs Dexter to show to his father.
A crying Lainie and Harry travel to reach Crimson Canyon Resort, which is a dump. Lainie and Harry make love, but she insists nothing permanent will follow. When she learns why Joey wants their child, Lainie wonders if Dexter might be better off with his father's wealthy family though she loves Harry.
The strong lead couple and the terrific “good guys” support cast make for a delightful tale that is part comedy and part intrigue. Joey is too dumb of a drunk to be a challenge while his latest girlfriend pulls off a stunt that endangers Dexter, but she never appears again. Still the interaction between all the good guys and the retired chorus line make for a fine amusing romantic suspense just do not play chess with a four year old prodigy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner