The Canadian Northwest's Reid Bennett (Corkscrew, Fool's Gold, etc.)--with superdog Sam in tow and young Indian sidekick...

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WHEN THE KILLING STARTS

The Canadian Northwest's Reid Bennett (Corkscrew, Fool's Gold, etc.)--with superdog Sam in tow and young Indian sidekick George bringing up the rear--becomes involved with mercenaries, island war-games, and convoluted family shenanigans when Jason Michael's mom asks him to reclaim the troubled boy after he volunteers for Colonel Dunphy's renegade regiment. Jason, however, doesn't want to be saved; Dunphy, his second-in-command, and their trainees stalk Reid, and, after much macho posturing on all sides, Reid, George, and Jason hightail it off the island. But Jason soon disappears again; the payment check to Reid is stopped; Jason's dad seems to be in cahoots with Dunphy; his dad's wife and mistress are soon murdered--and George is next on hit list. As Reid races from Toronto to Ontario to protect his chum, bullets whiz, body parts fly, and Sam and a flak jacket keep the culprits at bay. Finally, the plot murkily resolves itself with Michael Sr. playing a double game, outsmarting himself with arms sales, while his mistress develops (implausibly) a political conscience. Glibly macho adventure story, with a certain genial charm (mostly Sam's).

Pub Date: Jan. 25, 1988

ISBN: 0759299102

Page Count: -

Publisher: Scribners

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1988