Turnaround Jack: A Jack Kyle Mystery

Richard Abshire, Author William Morrow & Company $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05268-3
The opening evocation of Chandler's Philip Marlowe is apt in this wonderfully plotted, fast-moving, slightly jaded mystery. Private eye/narrator Jack Kyle ( Dallas Drop ) is hired by rich, mysterious Cypriot Guy Borodin to follow and photograph his much younger wife, Sylvia. She leads Jack and his operatives on a mildly merry chase, which climaxes in a steamy sex scene that Jack gets on videotape. But preparing a celebratory dinner after making his final report to Borodin, Jack is attacked by thugs. Then the case really blows up with some high-tech murders and the beating of an undercover Fed. Eventually we learn of a triple scam involving Feds, superchips and shady foreign money. Many characters have shocking double identities but Abshire plays fair and we're satisfied at the wry wrap-up. We also get a good look at detection, Texas-style (``PIs don't get to carry guns in Texas'') and the possible Manhattanization of Dallas (``Try to find a 7-Eleven clerk who speaks English''). Purists will also be pleased with a PI who smokes and drinks too much. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-14-015836-6
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