The Queen Against Karl Mullen

Michael Gilbert, Author Carroll & Graf Publishers $18.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-88184-698-0
Though Gilbert ( Close Quarters ) is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, his latest work is a disappointment. Karl Mullen is a brutal South African secret policeman in Great Britain to try to extradite Jack Katanga, a Mozambique citizen wanted in South Africa for murder. When Mullen is picked up on charges of shoplifting, with Katanga as the primary witness, both pro- and anti-apartheid activists are up in arms. Then Katanga is killed, leaving Mullen as prime suspect. Again people on both sides of the apartheid issue attempt to sway a supposedly impartial governmental process. Less a novel about the apartheid controversy than a behind-the-scenes courtroom drama, solicitor Gilbert's latest showcases his thorough knowledge of the insider politics that abounds in a trial by jury. But his restrained style and reserved characters combine with a frustrating, unbelievable ending to make this novel a mystery only in the sense that one wonders why he has read it. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1991
Release date: 06/01/1991
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-88184-834-2
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