RAVEN AND THE PAPERHANGERS by Donald MacKenzie

RAVEN AND THE PAPERHANGERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Better-than-average Raven--as London's favorite anti-establishment sleuth visits freelance-photographer-girlfriend Kirstie in Paris. Kirstie, it seems, has inadvertently photographed three men involved in a high-class, multi-million-dollar forged-securities scheme--bored financier Kent Tyler (the mastermind), sometime actor Rod De Wayne, and loutish forgery expert Paolo Scotti. So this threesome tries to retrieve the incriminating film, which sets Raven on their trail. And by the time that Raven and Kirstie track down the villains, ringleader Tyler has begun trying to eliminate his co-conspirators. This leads to triple-chase--with angry De Wayne and his girl Fran also on the hoof--down to Switzerland. . . . So: interesting scam, lively action, good European backgrounds. But the most important difference this time around is a more humanized portrait of Raven: he's got varicose veins, he's no Superman, and, in fact, it's Kirstie's decisive move that finally saves the day. A sure standout in an always-reliable series.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1980
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin