ACT OF GOD by Jeremiah Healy

ACT OF GOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Healy is in less than top form here as John Cuddy, his wily, Boston-based PI (Foursome, 1993, etc.) takes on a two-pronged investigation for gentle, grief-stricken Pearl Rivkind and cold- fish pharmacist William Proft. Pearl's husband, Abe, has been bludgeoned to death in the office of his furniture store. Proft's sister Darbra worked there but has disappeared. Is there a connection? William and Darbra hate each other but may have been partners in a scheme involving insurance and their mother's death. Darbra's possible liaison with Abe, a Holocaust survivor loved by all, is something no one wants to discuss, and even Cuddy finds himself trying to preserve Abe's reputation as he explores a truly bizarre conspiracy. There's plenty of padding here--endless details of Cuddy's leg and shoulder therapy, soul-searching with and without girlfriend Nancy. None of it helps a story that starts with intriguing possibilities but disintegrates as it pursues its clumsy and unbelievable plot.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-79558-9
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1994




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