FATAL RECALL by Deforest Day


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 Day's third novel about do-it-all Naval Intelligence veteran Chase Defoe (August Ice, A Cold Killing) begins with the death of retired general Harmon Kilgallen just as he's reached a crucial point in his memoirs: his recovery following WW II of a priceless cache of Old Master paintings. Day strains to give this tired plot urgency, involving Chase with both the general's daughter Kit (his fondly remembered first love) and her daughter Samantha (who's angling to be his next), planting the suspicion that Chase's ramrod-straight military dad isn't his dad after all, dropping hints of incest right and left, and showing Kit shopping for vegetables and lingerie preparatory to her romantic reunion with Chase--and the first of several lethal encounters with the enemy. But despite Chase's highly adaptable derring-do--he concocts a homemade bomb and breaks out of a car trunk en route to identifying a who-cares mastermind--Day's just playing back old material at a faster speed, like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-88184-681-3
Page count: 288pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1991