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Gosling, Paula

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ISBN 10: 0385249950 / ISBN 13: 9780385249959
Published by New York: Doubleday Crime Club, 1989
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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June 1989 printing of 1st edition. Fine HC in Very Good DJ. Bright, clean, square covers and spine; tightly bound; bright, clean interior. DJ is clean and complete; lightly scuffed with slight edge wear; slight general age darkening of white rear cover. 8vo, 191 pp. Bookseller Inventory # A04594

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Title: Backlash

Publisher: New York: Doubleday Crime Club

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Returning after his first appearance in the award-winning "Monkey Puzzle", Lt Jack Stryker is faced with the task of tracking down a cop killer. Paula Gosling's first novel "A Running Duck" won the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers' Association.

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Gosling's ninth whodunit doesn't measure up to its predecessors (which include award-winners Monkey Puzzle and Running Duck ). In a city called Grantham, a sniper kills police officers and escapes each time without a trace. Lt. Jack Stryker and the other detectives are at an impasse when Dana Marchant from the Justice Department arrives at police headquarters to investigate the murder of an undercover FBI agent. Sharing information with Dana, Stryker and his partner keep the computer hopping as they look for clues in the lives of the victims, but then the two men are wounded by the ghostly shooter and temporarily sidelined. Later there is a showdown in which Dana shines at canny sleuthing and hand-to-hand combat. The author tries for realism with details about the cops' romances and intense friendships. But high-flown prose and unconvincing characters dilute the effects, hinting that an able storyteller had an off day.
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