The Mercy Trap

James E. Martin, Author Putnam Publishing Group $18.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-399-13441-8
A mystery in the hard-boiled vein, complete with sashaying waitress, this debut features a young ex-cop in Cleveland who's become a private eye. Gil Disbro's clients have an adopted daughter, now a young woman, who needs a kidney transplant. They want Gil to find the biological mother whose identity was closely guarded by the lawyer who arranged the adoption nearly 30 years before. Gil's search disturbs a host of people, from an ex-con on the skids who winds up a corpse to an underworld figure who threatens Gil's life. While this mystery reveals rather more about Cleveland than some readers may wish to know, and its young hero speaks in a distinctly middle-aged voice, it is nevertheless well plotted and competently told. In the end, Disbro unearths some unexpected skeletons. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-380-71041-6
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