CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS by Paul Bishop

CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A British goalie returns from medical retirement to save an American indoor soccer team from, among other things, Irish terrorists. Author Bishop (Sand Against the Tide, Citadel Run), a soccer-playing LAPD detective, presumably knows all about this stuff. Top-flight English goalkeeper Ian Chapel's last soccer game ended in a kick to the face from a German opponent that left him with just one eye and the belief that he could never play the game again. Working as an editor for one of his brainy brother's sports magazines, Chapel has recovered his fitness but hasn't touched a soccer ball since his accident--and so finds it ludicrous when his old army colonel pitches a proposal that would have him playing goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, an indoor hockey team owned by the colonel and his partner Nina Brisbane, who has the body of a goddess and hides her shotgun-blasted face forever behind a veil. The Ravens are headed for the league finals, but their goalie has just been murdered, and if Chapel takes the job, the colonel and Miss Brisbane would like him to clear up the murder as well. With much reluctance Chapel caves into pressure, whips himself into good goalie shape, joins the team--which includes the Hun who put his eye out--dodges murderous attacks from Irish terrorists, and copes with the very temperamental Miss Brisbane. Best fringe benefit of the job is the close companionship of the Ravens' second-string goalie, a very fit, ambitious, and pretty young lady. Ultra-violent and politically incredible but rather fun.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-93155-7
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1991




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