THE SEVENTH ENEMY by William G. Tapply


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 What a persuasive guy Brady Coyne is! After spending a night with him, his boyhood friend Wally Kinnick, a prominent TV sportsman flown into Boston to testify against Mass. S-162, an assault-weapons control bill, changes his mind and urges its passage--even though he and Brady have barely talked about it. His reward: the furious enmity of SAFE (Second Amendment for Ever), the NRA-type group that paid his expenses but has now made him #1 on their bi-weekly enemies list; a threatening tape on his answering machine; and a load of varmint shot in the belly when he and Brady retire to fish the Deerfield River together with Wally's special lady Diana West. The local law is content to believe that Wally was shot by a turkey hunter, but Brady has every reason to look deeper into the case, especially since he's #7 on SAFE's list. (Other enemies include #2, State Senator Marlon Swift, who calls himself a friend of SAFE president Gene McNiff even though his subcommittee had scheduled hearings on the bill; and #4, Sen. Ted Kennedy, who certainly doesn't need more enemies.) Can Brady get the goods on the shooter before his number comes up? Of course he can, but without stirring more than a few ripples of mystery or suspense. Tapply's plots have always been notable for their lack of extra parts, but after The Snake Eater (1993), this heartfelt installment is positively niggardly. S-162 doesn't even pass. (Author tour)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 1-883402-99-9
Page count: 240pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1994


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