Another tepid outing for antiquarian bookseller Matthew Coll (A Cracking of Spines), who now buys a 16th-century manuscript...

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THE MANUSCRIPT MURDERS

Another tepid outing for antiquarian bookseller Matthew Coll (A Cracking of Spines), who now buys a 16th-century manuscript at auction--and flies to Amsterdam when the Dutch professor who unearthed the manuscript is killed. Coil's sleuthing (unconvincingly motivated) eventually involves him with ex-porno king Alexander Forbes, and with Forbes' mistress Charlotte Hesse, an arts reporter. The manuscript turns out to be a fake. And there'll be another murder--plus a suicide. Sluggish pace, confusing plot, dubious motives: a third-rate caper only occasionally redeemed by the pleasant book-world background.

Pub Date: June 1, 1982

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1982