Out of Nowhere

William Leonard Marshall, Author Mysterious Press $15.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-89296-199-3
Marshall's 13th Yellowthread Street novel delivers all the complex plotting and probing characterization expected from this series set in the fictitious Hong Bay section of Hong Kong. Four passengers in a van loaded with plate glass speed down the wrong side of a deserted freeway and are cut to shreds when they crash into a huge flatbed truck. At first Detective Chief Inspector Harry Feiffer can discover no explanation for the accident nor any connection among the victims, all ordinary middle-aged people; the mystery only increases when a bullet is found in the driver's skull. As Feiffer's investigation proceeds, two policemen try to trap a dog that steals Chinese herbs from a drugstore, while in the station house Senior Inspector Christopher Kwan O'Yee takes phone calls from a little boy who says he has a Luger in his knapsack. In his insistent, repetitive prose style Marshall weaves these varied threads into a satisfying inevitable resolution based on a Chinese belief that only those who die with their bodies intact reach heaven. Riveting and powerful, this is the best yet from Yellowthread Street. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-445-40842-5
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