POISONING THE ANGELS by Marguerite Shakespeare


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 Two sons skewer their unethical dads in Shakespeare's third Lloyd's of London insurance thriller (A Question of Risk, 1990 etc.). When the EPA retroactively fines Santhill Chemicals for toxic-dumping back in the late Fifties, company lawyer Zack Webbern has an insurance coverage form forged that makes Lloyd's liable for the $25 million in damages. Lloyd's, meanwhile, sends insurance securities investigator Mal Harris to California to investigate the claim, and he brings with him Rachel Grimmond, the broker who unwittingly passed on the bogus paper--and the niece of Lloyd's nabob Sir Adrian, whose junkie son Charlie is soon murdered in California. When Zack's son maliciously gossips about his dad, a Santhill board member seizes the opportunity to blackmail the company into accepting more toxic waste material, leading to the brutal beating of an EPA agent and the kidnapping of her daughter. Mal and Rachel eventually absolve Lloyd's of paying up, Zack and Sir Adrian are vanquished, and the loathsome board member dies horribly. Too many neatly dovetailed relationships and predictably pesky villains, but Shakespeare's handling of edgy family members, especially despairing wives, is top-notch.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09892-8
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993