A Dangerous Business

Michael Underwood, Author St. Martin's Press $15.95 (191p) ISBN 978-0-312-05842-5
In this latest Rosa Epton mystery, the barrister and her lover, Peter Chen, become involved with Britain's Security Service. Rosa sees former client Eddie Ruding in Amsterdam when he is supposed to be in an English prison after a burglary conviction. Shortly thereafter, an attempt is made on her life and Ruding is found murdered outside a prison, but not the one in which he had been incarcerated. Rosa learns that Ruding, who had alleged that he had entered the burgled premises at the behest of MI5, had been released and had disappeared. Egged on by the dead man's colorful cockney mother, Rosa and Peter begin looking into the Ruding's final activities. The murder of an informer, whose body is placed on the burglar's grave; the disappearance of Ruding's prosperous and probably criminal childhood friend; and the attempts of the Security Services case officer to vindicate himself add confusion to the case. Underwood's ( Rosa's Dilemma ) addition to her solid series offers insights into a barrister's daily life, but remains rather stodgy throughout. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/29/1991
Release date: 05/01/1991
Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-0-7089-2923-0
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