CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND RESURRECTION by Michael Collins

CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND RESURRECTION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In ``Resurrection,'' the novella centerpiece of this Dan Fortune collection (The Irishman's Horse, 1991, etc.), the one- armed p.i. is trying to find journalist George Rogers, reported killed in Africa. Rogers was there to write about a Messianic leader called The Preacher--who'd led his followers to Africa, eventually had trouble with the authorities and was supposedly massacred along with his disciples. An ambitious story that tries to combine mysticism, soul-searching, adventure and violence with the uncovering of a mega-drug-running operation, ``Resurrection'' is a mess--unwieldy, confusing, florid, dull, and long. In sharp contrast is ``The Woman Who Ruined John Ireland,'' a poignantly funny tale about file clerk Isabelle Kucera, who sees herself as Gloria Graham in a script full of bygone movie idols and who wants Dan to find out who's trying to kill her. Almost as good are ``No One Likes to be Played For a Sucker,'' with its locked-room puzzle and Little Italy setting, and ``Who?,'' in which straight-ahead sleuthing produces the killer of 18-year-old Boyd Connors. A mixed bag in which, truly, less is more.

Pub Date: July 21st, 1992
ISBN: 1-55611-295-5
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Donald Fine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1992




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