TIMELOCKE by Jack Barnao


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 The third drearily macho outing for ex-SAS officer and now professional bodyguard John Locke, who is hired by Grenadier Guardsman Eric Wainwright to protect his ``niece'' Amy from a Corsican she spurned, former Resistance hero/current Mediterranean mobster Vittore Orsini. As they dodge bullets, knives, kicks, and ambushes in Provence, it becomes clear that Wainwright has fudged the facts--he's really set up Locke to assassinate Orsini for 45- year-old war crimes. But is Orsini guilty of them? Is Amy having simultaneous affairs with ``uncle'' and Orsini? A neck is broken, a throat is cut, and wine-bottle grenades (and clichÇs) are lobbed about while Locke--mentally sluggish but superhero tough--parcels out the blame and the punches before returning to Toronto to contemplate events as Mozart's Requiem Mass wafts up from his neighbor's stereo. This time out, Barnao, who writes better as Ted Wood, can hardly rally up enough enthusiasm for a late-late-show plot, uninspired love scenes, predictable torture sessions, or even the French countryside. Overall: dull enough to make one switch on the TV.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-684-19298-5
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1991