THICKER THAN WATER by Bruce Zimmerman

THICKER THAN WATER

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Quinn Parker, San Francisco phobia specialist turned detective, made his likable debut in Blood Under the Bridge (1989). Here, he's sleuthing and stumbling onto clues to a murder in a Jamaican tropical paradise while picking up speed as a moving target himself. Quinn's pal Hank, a mainly unemployed comic, has a legacy. Hank's college friend, Martin, had been killed--shot 12 times in the head in waters bordering Martin's Jamaican property of ``Seven Altars.'' Quinn and Hank fly down. At the house: Martin's gorgeous widow, Stephanie; Bongo, a dreadlocked lawyer; an easy-living neighbor; and a brace of tootsies. Quinn visits, with Bongo, the Seven Altars (stunning waterfalls); observes the town police (beefy, brutal, with shades); wonders about the overachieving 12- shot murder. Back home, Quinn will have an apology from Stephanie's apparently millionaire brother Russell, whose goon had dangled Quinn over a cliff--the cause, Russell's girlfriend, an unhappy tapioca with revenge on her mind. Someone wants the Jamaican property--Hank is beaten to a pulp; there are two murders in San Francisco; a gun-waving chase up the Seven Altars; and red herrings splash around. Nice green Jamaican ambiance, great action, fair-enough puzzle, and Quinn again, with his unforced humor and engaging decency.

Pub Date: June 19th, 1991
ISBN: 0-06-016387-9
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1991




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