MURDER GAME by Bruce Cassiday


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 Adler, ``creator'' of the puzzle-contest books Who Killed the Robins Family? and Revenge of the Robins Family, is at it again, with a teasing blackmail-kidnap-murder tale whose best solution is worth a $10,000 prize. This one takes the form of three linked novellas: the first two--the murder of a hated cosmetics queen aboard a luxury yacht, and an apparent terrorist killing on a Peruvian archeological dig--are solved by retired Interpol Inspector Justin Birkby; the third--the impossible kidnapping of one of the suspects from earlier on, with murder obbligato--is left up for grabs. Though the characters are cardboard and Birkby quotes Tudor/Stuart drama too often for comfort, the three stories, individually and as a group, show far more ingenuity and finesse than Adler's earlier packages--presumably because of first-time coauthor Cassiday--and you might want to match your wits against Birkby's even if you're not into contests or merchandising ploys.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-88184-696-1
Page count: 352pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1991