Rude Boys: A Mitch Roberts Mystery

Gaylord Dold, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (282p) ISBN 978-0-312-08286-4
A pervasive tone of sadness, born of the protagonist's loneliness and unrequited love, makes this aggressively somber mystery succeed. American Mitch Roberts is in London trying to rekindle his romance with Amanda, a widow who seems at best ambivalent toward the Arizona-reared part-time detective. While living in a basement bedsit and eating greasy meals in cheap cafes, Mitch helps Hillary Root, a Jamaican-born lawyer, assemble a defense for a Jamaican client accused of murder. But then Hillary's half-brother, recently arrived from the island, is murdered in the hospital where he's recovering from food poisoning; the police find drugs in his flat. After Hillary's father is killed in a similar fashion, his throat slashed, Roberts probes the original case and the Root murders. Although perhaps he overemphasizes his hero's sorrow, Dold is otherwise adept; he painstakingly evokes the Rastafarian culture of Jamaica and London, and as he gradually brings together the life of the accused killer and the deaths of his victims, he leads the tale to a masterful solution. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/02/1992
Release date: 11/01/1992
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.