A one-man justice machine accepts an invitation to attack corrupt forces that have taken over the power structure of a dying...

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STEELTOWN

A one-man justice machine accepts an invitation to attack corrupt forces that have taken over the power structure of a dying Rust Belt city. Another brooding thriller from the author of Hard Bargains, Runner in the Street, and Catch the Wind. Jackson Cain works for a shadowy Washington outfit willing to take on those special problems that require a little more imagination--and a little less delicacy--than the usual aboveboard cabinet agencies offer. In this case they have been hired by the former power structure of Steeltown to oust three bad guys--the three who've taken over the political and economic reins of the city following the death of the local steel industry. The agency sends moody, mysterious agent Jackson Cain to report to--and get his marching orders from--aged Steeltown plutocrat Elliot Kimmett III. Kimmett, surrounded by burley bodyguards, ruthless staff men, and oxygen bottles, aims Cain at the town's mayor, police chief, and leading racketeer. Cain wades in to the battle, intending to divide and conquer by turning the villains against each other--a successful strategy aided by Cain's unusual familiarity with the ins and outs of Steeltown. Turns out he's back in his own briar patch, and every step he takes is colored by the past. There's a little time for beautiful women, but for most of Cain's waking hours, it's all-out war against the neo-fascist shades of evil. Action-packed, but awfully gloomy and awash in a mannered, film noir atmosphere.

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bantam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1988