By Charles Winecoff
Updated April 02, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

The Trials of Nikki Hill

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That O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden knows the L.A. legal system like the back of his hand is well evidenced in this debut mystery about an African-American deputy DA who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she’s assigned the racially explosive murder case of a white tabloid-TV hostess with a talent for blackmail. Unfortunately, whenever Darden and cowriter Dick Lochte stray from the courtroom, The Trials of Nikki Hill gets bogged down in extraneous details. Still, someone in this literary dream team has a knack for dialogue and characterization that keeps you caring about the players even when the plot falters. B

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