By Clarissa Cruz
Updated December 11, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

The Royal House of Monaco

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The Royal House of Monaco is a real guilty pleasure. From Grace Kelly’s secret premarital abortion to the Grimaldi children’s never-ending parade of romantic encounters, biographer John Glatt tries to cram in every gossipy morsel, and the results are often uneven: There are more descriptions of a Tex-Mex hot spot in Monaco than of Princess Caroline’s kids. But embedded in the re-reported sleazy principality lore are some fascinating bits, like how Prince Albert’s alleged love child is a carbon copy of Princess Grace. And the glimpse into the inner workings of Monaco — which Glatt reports Prince Rainier runs like a police state — is far more compelling than the familiar exploits of his spoiled offspring. B-

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