Jablonski of L. A.

Perry Lafferty, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (264p) ISBN 978-1-55611-262-1
In this generally entertaining whodunit, retired FBI agent Jack Jablonski must figure out how a small plane with a dead passenger landed on a beach. Visiting L.A. with his wife, Jablonski finds the Cessna during a late-night stroll. An autopsy determines that the beautiful Filipino woman on board died of a cocaine overdose; Jablonski, agreeing to a request for help from the woman's husband, gossip columnist Leo Golden, questions her many paramours. Among them, only Harrison Fulton, the owner of the plane and a big-time network executive, fails to supply an air-tight alibi. Surly flight instructor Juan Sanchez refuses to talk, but he had spent the night of the woman's death in jail. TV writer Lafferty ( The Downing of Flight Six-Heavy ) indulges in ornate dialogue and phrasing--Jablonski's references to ``L'Affaire Cessna,'' for example, seem odd from a former G-man. But a strong ending helps redeem this often trite novel, the first in a projected series. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1991
Release date: 06/01/1991
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