Bodies

Robert Barnard, Author Scribner Book Company $13.95 (198p) ISBN 978-0-684-18729-7
In the Soho studio of Bodies magazine (porn so soft it's ""practically marshmallow'') are found four corpses: a photographer, his assistant, an actress-student and a young bodybuilder. Perry Trethowan of London's C.I.D. can't discern a motive for the murders but a few hints point toward the bodybuilder's background. The suave Trethowan finds himself involved in the seedy, naively narcissistic world of compet-itive body-building. Using a black gym-manager as an undercover decoy, Trethowan penetrates a more sinister, hardcore porno operation that specializes in teenagers. Fans of Barnard (Political Suicide, Out of the Blackout may be disappointed that the case's solution is rather strained and a bit unlikely, but the lively characters and colorful background are nicely done. Narrator Trethowan is, once again, a charming guide. Mystery Guild main selection; author tour. (October 7)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Hardcover - 978-0-7451-5775-7
Hardcover - 275 pages - 978-0-89621-794-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-20007-9
Paperback - 178 pages - 978-1-4472-3870-6
Open Ebook - 244 pages - 978-1-4767-3720-1
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