Thicker Than Water

Bruce Zimmerman, Author HarperCollins Publishers $19.95 (290p) ISBN 978-0-06-016387-7
San Francisco's phobia therapist and amateur sleuth Quinn Parker, welcomed in Blood Under the Bridge , confirms his appeal in his second adventure. Quinn jets to Jamaica with his old friend, neophyte comedian and fearful flier Hank Wilkie; Hank's college friend and godfather to his son Matty, Marty Greene, recently killed in an apparent drug bust, has left his family's island estate to the boy. Hank declines what seems a meager offer to buy the prime land near Priest River, a town where violence, including ghostly visitations and police beatings, has driven down the price of real estate. Back in San Francisco, Quinn begins to fall in love with Greene's widow, Stephanie, at the same time learning that the huge resort her wealthy brother secretly planned near Priest River had been stalled by Greene's unwillingness to sell. As murders accrue in both Jamaica and San Francisco, Quinn returns to Priest River and is shot at in the jungle. He joins forces with a dreadlocked, UCLA-educated lawyer to discover just who has been terrorizing property owners and why. Making the most of both of his settings, fleshing out familiar characters as well as new ones, Zimmerman highlights a distinctive cast in a skillfully plotted and smartly paced mystery. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
Hardcover - 447 pages - 978-1-56054-276-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-06-109026-4
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