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By Cristina Alger
(Pamela Dorman Books, $27)
The Darlings are just as they sound — a picture-perfect family led by hedge-fund tycoon Carter Darling. Socialite wife Ines and daughters Merrill and Lily flit between their Upper East Side apartments and Hamptons mansions, enjoying the spoils of high finance. But their life of privilege grinds to a halt when Carter’s business partner jumps off the Tappan Zee Bridge, leaving a trail of Ponzi schemes and deceit behind him. This murder mystery with clarion echoes of the Madoff era will envelop you in the travails of its coddled but multidimensional characters.