May 22, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Student Body

Current Status
In Season
Jane Harvard
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction
We gave it a D

A Harvard education may do a lot for you, but one thing it doesn’t do is guarantee good writing, as this thriller by four ex-Harvardians proves. The Student Body was inspired by the stories a few years ago of a student escort service at Brown University. Transpose that idea to Cambridge and add the heroine Toni Isaacs, intrepid African-American school-newspaper reporter. When Toni stumbles across a student sex-for-sale ring, her reportorial curiosity is piqued; digging deeper, she discovers evidence of university corruption at the highest levels. The trustees will do anything to shut her up, even expel her! Of course, given the amount of time she spends in class, she might flunk out before they get the chance. The authors should stick to their day jobs. D

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