The Angel of Torremolinos: A Superintendent Bernal Novel

David Serafin, Author St. Martin's Press $13.95 (191p) ISBN 978-0-312-01730-9
In Serafin's new, excitingly complicated novel, estimable Superintendent Luis Bernal is forced to cope simultaneously with two dreadful crimes that threaten the peace of the lovely Spanish Costa del Sol. Demanding territory to establish an independent state, Basque rebels are planting bombs in the tourist centers, and Bernal is ordered to ferret out the terrorists. But when he arrives in Torremolinos to start the search, he is distracted by reports of missing youths who have vanished there while on holiday. They have been drugged and carried off by a maniac, called ``The Angel,'' who says he is sheltering helpless drunks. Bernal brings his young but able inspectors Angel Gallardo and Elena Fernandez to act as decoys; they lead him to the fake Samaritan in an episode that tests the steadiest nerves. The tireless Bernal is also involved in the frustrating chase for the elusive bombers until his dedication finally pays off. The author's admirable mix of suspense and subtle amusement makes this twin mystery outstanding, and it is further enriched by the ambience of the famous locale. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Hardcover - 978-0-7089-2245-3
Paperback - 172 pages - 978-1-909619-01-2
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