Finally locating her father, who has started a new life after serving time for murder, Lyn Sutton attempts to smooth things over with him, but instead becomes caught up in a mystery involving one of his neighbors.
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Australian writer Thompson's promising beginning dwindles into contrivance as Lyn Sutton, now in her 20s, finally tracks down her dad--last seen when she was six and he was arrested for robbery and murder. Remarried, with a second family and a plumbing business in New South Wales, dad Roger is hardly eager to acknowledge Lyn, but soon this reconciliation takes second place as she responds to a note--misdelivered--desperately asking for help to avert a murder! The purported sender, Vi--living with her charming husband; wheelchair-bound nephew, Peter; and cantankerous, independent, alcoholic in-law, the aging Edith--seems, to Lyn, to be quite safe, until the brakes slip on Edith's car, nearly leveling her. Accidental? Meanwhile, a dashing young man on a motorcycle is following Lyn; Edith, perhaps despondent, ingests something fatal; and Peter's tutor casts new light on the rock-climbing slip that crippled the youngster--or did it? There's a tortuous caving expedition before Lyn understands exactly who in Vi's house is really being menaced--and how it ties in (all too neatly) with her dad's crime of years ago. A Harlequin-esque debut novel, with unsurprising twists, hints at romance, and a Happy Ending, but redeemed by the edgy, wary, believable relationship between Lyn and her father's second family. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
YA-- A fast-paced mystery set in present-day Australia, this book is bound to captivate even the most reluctant readers. Lyn Sutton goes in search of her father, who changed his name and remarried after being released from a long prison term for murder and robbery. She rents a cottage and is about to confront him when she receives an urgent note for help--a note that was not intended for her. Her curiosity takes her on an adventure that will keep YAs in suspense until the very end.
- Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312069472
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312069472