THE DEAD SEED by William Campbell Gault

THE DEAD SEED

KIRKUS REVIEW

Though not quite as confused as Death in Donegal Bay (p. 658), this new mystery for California's Brock Callahan (ex-footballer, ex-shamus, now independently wealthy) is again a dullish tangle--with too much talk and far too many characters who are barely sketched, let alone fully drawn. The troubles begin when fat Mrs. Carl Lacrosse starts harassing Brock's neighbors: 70-ish socialite-vamp Carol Medford and her live-in friend, bygone filmstar Fortney Grange. Is Mrs. Lacrosse a blackmailer? Where is her husband, famous photographer Carl? Why is her son Joel joining a nearby, shady cult? And how are these subplots all connected to the murder of Fortney Grange's agent? Brock hears about most of the developments second-hand. Only after much wan repartee with wife Jan does Brock finally do some legwork--in Arizona. And the secrets he dredges up there are eventually revealed--amid some clumsy shootout melodrama. Creaky stuff, genially but limply told.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1984
Publisher: Walker