An all-expense-paid vacation to Jamaica turns deadly for phobia therapist Quinn Parker as questions begin to surface about the estate of his host, a friend who inherited a mansion in the wake of a murder.
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Quinn Parker, San Francisco phobia specialist turned detective, made his likable debut in Blood Under the Bridge (1989). Here, he's sleuthing and stumbling onto clues to a murder in a Jamaican tropical paradise while picking up speed as a moving target himself. Quinn's pal Hank, a mainly unemployed comic, has a legacy. Hank's college friend, Martin, had been killed--shot 12 times in the head in waters bordering Martin's Jamaican property of ``Seven Altars.'' Quinn and Hank fly down. At the house: Martin's gorgeous widow, Stephanie; Bongo, a dreadlocked lawyer; an easy-living neighbor; and a brace of tootsies. Quinn visits, with Bongo, the Seven Altars (stunning waterfalls); observes the town police (beefy, brutal, with shades); wonders about the overachieving 12- shot murder. Back home, Quinn will have an apology from Stephanie's apparently millionaire brother Russell, whose goon had dangled Quinn over a cliff--the cause, Russell's girlfriend, an unhappy tapioca with revenge on her mind. Someone wants the Jamaican property--Hank is beaten to a pulp; there are two murders in San Francisco; a gun-waving chase up the Seven Altars; and red herrings splash around. Nice green Jamaican ambiance, great action, fair-enough puzzle, and Quinn again, with his unforced humor and engaging decency. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
San Francisco's phobia therapist and amateur sleuth Quinn Parker, welcomed in Blood Under the Bridge , confirms his appeal in his second adventure. Quinn jets to Jamaica with his old friend, neophyte comedian and fearful flier Hank Wilkie; Hank's college friend and godfather to his son Matty, Marty Greene, recently killed in an apparent drug bust, has left his family's island estate to the boy. Hank declines what seems a meager offer to buy the prime land near Priest River, a town where violence, including ghostly visitations and police beatings, has driven down the price of real estate. Back in San Francisco, Quinn begins to fall in love with Greene's widow, Stephanie, at the same time learning that the huge resort her wealthy brother secretly planned near Priest River had been stalled by Greene's unwillingness to sell. As murders accrue in both Jamaica and San Francisco, Quinn returns to Priest River and is shot at in the jungle. He joins forces with a dreadlocked, UCLA-educated lawyer to discover just who has been terrorizing property owners and why. Making the most of both of his settings, fleshing out familiar characters as well as new ones, Zimmerman highlights a distinctive cast in a skillfully plotted and smartly paced mystery.
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