IN THE ABSENCE OF MRS. PETERSEN by Nigel Balchin

IN THE ABSENCE OF MRS. PETERSEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jim Petersen is a script writer momentarily on location in Hollywood. And actually Nigel Balchin's glossy intrigue is closer to Hollywood than his own, early thoughtful thrillers of the '40's (Mine Own Executioner; The Small Back Room). While there, Jim's wife, Sarah, is killed in an air crash. Shortly thereafter he is off to Paris where he meets her mirror image, Katherine Field, who asks him to take her to Yugoslavia on Sarah's passport to retrieve the family gold. The trip, via Venice, is an attractive one with luxury touches (food, clothes) but it's another kind of ride as well. Katherine is really only interested in retrieving another man to whom he loses his passport and Katherine.... Like a fast car with Dynaflow, a nice way to go.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster