SMASH CUT by Steven Womack


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 New Orleans p.r. honcho Jack Lynch (Murphy's Fault), now trying to score positive media points for client Andrew Kwang, whose plans to purchase the defunct Riverbend Nuclear Power Plant and convert it into Kwang World Pictures headquarters has run afoul of Pearl Bergeron, representative of the Louisiana Film Commission- -is suddenly up to his press releases in trouble: Pearl is murdered, and Lynch's client shapes up as the number one suspect. And no wonder: Kwang and Pearl had a major argument over dinner; Pearl's late husband, director Harry McMillan, was murdered on a Kwang film location (an unsolved case); and Pearl's indulgent daddy is the state governor, who wants answers now. But was Pearl's death caused by Kwang, or was it related to the radiation-spoiled p.r. film shot by Lois, a sexy freelancer who spoon-feeds Lynch clues-- or just possibly red herrings. Past and present crimes overlap before Lynch, who again loses a girlfriend to death, sorts through the emotional debris, effects a nifty helicopter rescue, and redeems his client. Workmanlike plotting and prose--enlivened only by Lynch's relationship with his acerbic, bored secretary Maud.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06467-5
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1991


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