Abrahams' twisty and involving new thriller (his third) features two strong leads: the sort of plucky heroine that made his...

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Abrahams' twisty and involving new thriller (his third) features two strong leads: the sort of plucky heroine that made his debut novel, The Fury of Rachel Monette (1980), so entertaining; and the aging CIA operative who helps divorcÉe Jessie Shapiro rescue her young daughter from a conspiracy hatched at the Woodstock Festival 20 years ago. When little Kate fails to return from a weekend with dad Pat, the L.A. police refuse to aid Jessie in locating her daughter and ex-husband. Best-friend Barbara offers to help, but when she's run down one night while wearing Jessie's coat, the distraught Mom determines to go it alone--sensing that more is afoot than just a custody fight. And right she is, as Abrahams shows by crosscutting to one Bao Dai, Vietnam POW-camp escapee and killer, in the act of forcing a terrified Pat and Kate to drive cross-country. Yet another plot line weaves in: 56-year-old CIA legend Ivan ""Zyz"" Zysmchuck flies to Vermont to pursue a Senator's wife who's been acting oddly. Meanwhile, Jessie is herself abducted by a mysterious ""Mr. Mickey""; she escapes and, following a credit-card lead dropped by Bao Dai, also goes to Vermont. Abrahams handles this complex set-up with aplomb, adding further texture when, in Vermont, the paths of Jessie and Zyz meet, romance occurs, and there's a crossover into a nightmare born of the 60's and with international consequences for the 80's. An exciting climax ties up the threads when all parties converge in a blizzard (even Mr. Mickey, revealed as a Russian agent) and Jessie and Zyz win the day--and perhaps a future together. Piquant characters (especially that marvelous, bearish Zyz), deft narration, and a baroque yet believable plotline add up to an above-average and most satisfying thriller.

Pub Date: Jan. 11, 1987

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Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1987