The White Zone

John William Corrington, Author, Joyce H. Corrington, Author Viking Books $16.95 (208p) ISBN 978-0-670-82229-4
Someone is killing prominent California conservatives, all old buddies of ex-president Ronald Reagan, all of them involved decades ago in the McCarthy anti-communist witchhunt. Reagan may be the next to die. In solving the multiple murders, wisecracking Ralph (``Rat'') Trapp, a black New Orleans homicide cop, offers a wry perspective on Los Angeles that may remind some readers of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop . The husband-wife Corrington team (he died in 1988) falters in this, Rat Trapp's fourth case ( A Civil Death , etc.), an unlikely scenario involving old leftists, the Spanish Civil War, a possible KGB rogue operation, divorce, old flames and a rock band called Desire Project. Despite acute observations on black-white relations, twists and turns galore and some shockeroos at the end, the story seems strained, as if written with a view toward recycling it as a film script. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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