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Into the blue
Hammond, Gerald, 1926-
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Sutton : Severn House, 2000.
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217 pages ; 23 cm
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Tony has been Amy's best friend since childhood but has always hoped there might be something more between them. Amy looks set to succeed in everything she tries and Tony is jealous. It takes a potentially fatal accident for Tony to realize that Amy is the same girl he fell in love with as a child.

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Gerald Hammond was born in 1926. He was an architect for thirty years before retiring in 1982. He has written over thirty mystery novels and is the creator of John Cunningham, dog breeder in Scotland, and Keith Calder, gunsmith. He also writes under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.

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In a departure from his generally well-received Scottish mysteries (e.g., A Running Jump), Hammond delivers a leisurely tale of friendship and rivalry. Amy and Tony have been best friends since childhood despite often lengthy separations caused by Tony's family situation. As they grow older, however, they begin to compete against each other, both formally (in gliding competitions) and informally. Although Tony has hoped for a closer relationship with Amy, he begins to find himself overshadowed by her success in his own areas of interest, which include writing as well as gliding (Amy has also written a best-selling novel). Pride, secrets, and resentment on both sides lead to a dangerous situation that makes them both realize what they stand to lose. Despite thin characterizations and some overemphasis on the technical details of gliding, Hammond succeeds in making the reader care about what will happen to Amy and Tony. Recommended for large popular fiction collections.--Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.