Ex-FBI man Mark Shigata, now police chief in Bayport, Texas, and his deputies Al Quinn and Steve Hansen (The Eye of Anna,...

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EXCEPTION TO MURDER

Ex-FBI man Mark Shigata, now police chief in Bayport, Texas, and his deputies Al Quinn and Steve Hansen (The Eye of Anna, 1990, etc.) find themselves beleaguered by the murders--a day apart--of Councilwoman Margaret Raskin and Ralph Miner, a local eccentric. The grisly remains are discovered in animal preserves inside Ark Park--the multimillion-dollar theme-park inspiration of oily TV evangelist Clifford Hobby. The only thing shared by the victims was their nosiness; the only real clue is some ivory jewelry found in Ruskin's handbag. Shigata is making little progress until his deputies disappear in the park one night--and he mounts a chase-and-rescue operation that uncovers a well-hidden secret and tests the mettle of Quinn's and Hansen's young sons. Pedestrian in the plotting but redeemed by Wingate's unpretentious style, warmly appealing central characters, and a zingy finish. Easygoing entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 1992

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1991