ROOK-SHOOT by Margaret Duffy


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 Now that Falklands hero Major Patrick Gillard has been forced to resign from D-12, the supersecret section of British Intelligence (Who Killed Cock Robin?, 1990), and his novelist wife (also a D-12 member) has finished her manuscript, they're planning a third honeymoon--when Patrick's brother Larry, a schoolmaster overseeing an Outward Bound-like program, asks for help: someone has been sabotaging his outings. The Gillards tackle the survival course with disastrous results: Larry is wounded and hospitalized, while husband and wife are captured by a former nemesis, Lyndberne, now operating a school for terrorists and eager to use Patrick and Ingrid for torture/interrogation practice. Lots of humiliation, pain, and truth-serum injections later, the Gillards (with an assist from another D-12 member) succeed in dispatching the villains--but the emotional cost is high. Appalling torture sequences, but Duffy's specialty--the contrary nature's response to love--is highlighted here to good effect. A nice return to jangling form after the rather tiresome Cock Robin.

Pub Date: Dec. 20th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06456-X
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1991


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