Body of Evidence

David A. Van Meter, Author Jove Books $3.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-515-10207-9
Private investigator Gardner Wells's offer to aid an old friend leads to breakneck suspense in this debut thriller. Ben Maitland's daughter Melanie has run away to Mexico, taking her four-year-old son. Melanie, with a history of psychiatric problems, is a potential danger to herself and to her child. Moreover, a previous detective on the case has disappeared. With help from a local police contact, Wells tracks Melanie to an ostentatious Mexico City apartment where she informs him that Ben ``doesn't have a grandson anymore''--Melanie has given him up for adoption. All seems legal, and Wells is about to close the case when Melanie's live-in lover is murdered, the apartment dusted with cocaine--and Melanie vanishes again. With clues scarce, Wells must rely on his own ingenuity as he is sucked into a whirlpool of drugs, pornography and child abuse. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
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