ELEMENT OF RISK by Mark Derby

ELEMENT OF RISK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A super-thriller in a more ambitious novel than Afraid in the Dark An obsession that he must solve the mystery of Shell Kennedy's husband's death launches John Wrax into a blundering, determined, haunted pursuit of blind clues and dangerous leads. An actor, whose frustrations and exhaustions seemed to have cost him his memory, Wrax planned to escape from this world- but Shell's tragic role, twice acquitted by two juries, still charged by a curious public for murder, her frail beauty, even her escape into alcoholism, caught him and held him to his new role as avenger. How he became involved in espionage and counter-espionage -- with successive Hairbreadth Harry escapes -- makes holding though not always convincing reading.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1952
Publisher: Viking