SUCH PRETTY TOYS by S. F. X. Dean

SUCH PRETTY TOYS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

English prof Neil Kelly, who solved the murder of his young fiancÉe Pril Lacey in the recent, mildly diverting By Frequent Anguish, now solves the murder of Pril's father Morgan--in a less arch but also less entertaining sequel. As Kelly learns from a CIA agent, Morgan has been killed out in New Mexico by a booby-trapped jack-in-the-box gift, and wife Barbara (a CIA agent) has been near-fatally injured. So Kelly reluctantly turns sleuth after a hospital visit with Barbara, heading out to visit Barbara's family in New Mexico: daughter Linn; radical son Tim; sister Em; and brother-in-law Doan, who's heavily involved in government contracts for computers and missiles. CIA and FBI types lurk on all sides; both Tim and Linn's Irish fiancÉ are suspected of possible terrorist links; another murder occurs; there are murmurings about Qadaffi and Israel. And after far too much talk (lots about Jung and Yeats), the not-very-surprising traitor/villain is unmasked. Without the charming academia atmosphere that rescued By Frequent Anguish: a literate but tedious and implausible tangle.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1982
ISBN: 1933397705
Publisher: Walker