Two beach reads -- ''The Alienist'' and ''Home Fries'' are summarized

By EW Staff
Updated June 23, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Alienist Caleb Carr
A serial-murder mystery set in New York City in 1896 — The Silence of the Lambs with horse-drawn carriages and spats. A first-rate tale.

Home Fires Luanne Rice
Patented Luanne Rice. It’s all here: the strong, complicated women, the tragedy that brings everyone together. This time out, tragedy pushes everyone apart, too. Rice knuckles under to the occasional romantic cliche. But heck, it’s summertime. Enjoy.