An eye-and-clock stopper, a one act novel (circa 100 pages) about the Jardines who have the sunny prospect of a holiday in...

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An eye-and-clock stopper, a one act novel (circa 100 pages) about the Jardines who have the sunny prospect of a holiday in Spain right ahead of them when they wake up to a pool of blood and the body of a truly unknown soldier in the hall which they summarily put in the freezer. A letter in his pocket is a lead until his mother comes to view him and confirm the fact that he is not her Ralphie. They think of burying him themselves but do not succeed; they travel on, with the body in the boot of their car, to a retired Vicar -- his graveyard is full, and to an old Colonel who thinks a former training ground might do. It doesn't. The police won't have any part of him and the poor Jardines return home with their charge, only to. . . . Read into it whatever you like (the message is pretty simple whether you're passing the buck or the body) but read it you will for its elements of high low comedy, horror and surprise.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Scribners

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974