Copp on Fire

Don Pendleton, Author Dutton Books $16.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-55611-088-7
Pendleton's Los Angeles private eye, Joe Copp ( Copp for Hire ) narrates a fast-moving story with plenty of suspense. Confined to a wheelchair, Albert Moore pays the detective handsomely for a simple jobphotographing people entering a shop called Nu-Cal Designsbut the assignment takes on frighteningly lurid complications. A bomb destroys the shop, Moore and the chauffeur of his limousine; glossy actress Melissa Moore Franklin survives the blast, however, and runs to ask Copp for protection from invisible killers. Himself a suspect in the crime, the detective is in danger from the police and the cunning perpetrators who keep murdering anyone in their way. Learning that the man who called himself Moore has been identified as movie mogul Bernard Wiseman, Copp interviews his ex-wife Justine and gets a line on the relationship between the real Moore and Charles Franklin, former and present spouses of Melissa. The twists double and redouble, tying the private investigator into stringent knots and casting him, at length, into the hands of merciless conspirators. The author sustains the heat that keeps Copp ``on fire'' throughout the rousing adventure of a likable hero whose daring is matched by a lusty sense of humor. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-06-100036-2
Hardcover - 978-0-517-07399-5
Paperback - 228 pages - 978-0-595-15321-3
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