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St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 22.95, 224 pp.
ISBN: 0312307454

Off the coast of the Spanish Island of Mallorca, former British cabinet minister Keith Vickers, known for his womanizing and running businesses into bankruptcy, goes sailing. Not long afterward, observers notice Keith's cruiser Valhalla, drifting and subsequently with no one on board.
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Soon the mystery of the missing Keith is solved when his body washes ashore, an obvious victim of murder. Inspector Enrique Alvarez investigates, but runs into walls that would deter a less dedicated cop. He follows up on information provided by Keith's housekeeper that her employer and an unknown British official argued. Alvarez questions visiting Brit George Lovell who refuses to cooperate and formally complains to the inspector's superior Chief Sala. Though he loses a few pounds of flesh when Sala rips him for being an idiot and is threatened by Lovell's bodyguard companion, Alvarez continues placing pressure on the visitor as well as other prime suspects.

The who-done-it is fine, but as usual with the Inspector Alvarez novels, the book belong to the stoic, courageous, but beleaguered hero. Alvarez is henpecked by his sister and skinned alive by his boss. The murder mystery is fun and Alvarez's methodical investigation is cleverly designed, as Roderic Jeffries writes an artful police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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