DEATH ROLL by Sam Llewellyn


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Skulduggery sails south from England to Spain--in this latest yachting adventure from the author of Blood Orange (1989) and Sea Story (1988). Professional yacht-racer Martin Devereux has run into very rough seas. Fleeing Australia after a false accusation of violating race rules and fouling lifelong archrival Paul Welsh, Martin slinks back to his English home harbor to lick his wounds. But home is no haven. Someone has been menacing his business partners and surrogate parents, Mary and Henry MacFarlane. Their boating business has been nearly ruined in a series of mysterious accidents. Henry, in refusing to sell his boatyard, has run afoul of some tough customers, including a world-class thug and Martin's own posh but slimy cousin. Martin's strategy to repel the boarders is laid waste when the elderly and ailing Henry disappears on his own search-and-destroy mission. Martin then turns a racing job for which he has been hired into a rescue mission and sails for the Costa del Sol. There he finds that the same goons who want to grab Henry's land have been snatching every bit of Spanish property they can reach. The hunt for Henry is made more pleasant by the attractions of a pretty American gift who has hired herself to the goons. But whose side is she on? And in the midst of all the detection there's a rather important race--against, once again, hateful Paul Welsh. Fast and slick. Yachts of thrills.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1990
Publisher: Summit/Simon & Schuster