GIDEON'S FORCE by J.J. Marric

GIDEON'S FORCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

J.J. Manic, a.k.a. John Creasey, is long gone, of course. But Walter Butler does a workmanlike job in resurrecting the terse Marric style--and the stolid Marric hero: Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard. As usual, Gideon is facing a barrage of simultaneous major problems. There's a wave of teenage terrorism in Gideon's own middle-class neighborhood, Wellesley Estate. The six-week-old kidnapping of Barbara Cargill seems likely to end in tragedy--until Barbara's husband Gordon hires clairvoyant Jacob Brodnick. (Detective Matt Honiwell convinces Gideon to act on Brodnick's vision.) Gideon's assistant, Lemaitre, is having trouble with his investigation of the murder of the Orsini brothers--partly because surviving brother Dine Orsini (a restaurateur) is determined to avenge the killing. . . by making himself a target for gangster-hitman Jack Rocco. And all this (and more) is going on amidst preparations for the wedding of Gideon's daughter Penny to his right-hand man Alec Hobbs. Creaky here and there--especially in the implausible solution to the Wellesley Estate terrorism--but crisp narration and steady pacing help to make this a decent mock-Marric, likely to satisfy most fans of the old series.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1985
Publisher: Stein & Day