STATE OF EMERGENCY by John Sherlock

STATE OF EMERGENCY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A strikingly beautiful reporter from the London Times comes to America on a journalism fellowship and lands in the thick of a monstrous right-wing conspiracy. By the author of J. B. 's Daughter (1981) and The Golden Mile (1986). Clever, lovely, flying-phobic Sarah Dalton, on her way to a year at Columbia University, lands at Kennedy International expecting to be met by her even more ravishing sister Wendy, a New York model and the girlfriend of the super-rich media mogul whose foundation is paying Sarah's way. But Wendy is a no-show, and a worried Sarah makes her way to Wendy's apartment, where she finds a cryptic and alarming message on the answering machine, but no sister. Still, Wendy's a big girl, and she does get out-of-town assignments, so Sarah, still fretting, goes off to campus to sign up for class--where she hooks up with another journalism fellow, a pretty Vietnamese girl, the mistress of a prominent news-anchor on the media mogul's local TV station. After missing several appointments due to worry and jet lag, Sarah finally hooks up with her advisor, tough newsguy Joe McKeon, whom she fills in on her worries about Wendy and--when Wendy is found dead on the railroad tracks--enlists in the search for her sister's murderers. Their search takes them to the edge of a nasty Masonic cabal with designs on the American presidency. And at the heart of the cabal is the very smooth, very rich David Stoneham, Wendy's old boyfriend, who has come to find Sarah every bit as attractive as her sister. Smooth but disappointing thriller teeming with coincidences and villainous stereotypes. Gets tense at the end, but that's too late.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1988
Publisher: Viking