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Title:
The interface man : a Colin Thane, Scottish Crime Squad Case
Author:
Knox, Bill, 1928-1999.
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Edition:
First edition.
General Note:
"A Crime Club book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385410915
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Book

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Inspector Thane is on the trail of a computer criminal in the highlands of Scotland.


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A master computer thief flies into Glasgow airport from Spain. Superintendent Colin Thane and members of his crime squad are waiting, but the thief, code named Interface Man, gives them the slip, disappearing into the Scottish countryside with the help of a baker's van and a mysterious figure on a motorbike. Thane soon finds himself in deep water: a major crime is being committed using modems and high-tech methods far beyond his experience. As in the works of William McIlvanney and others, Knox's latest gritty, streetwise procedural makes good use of the industrial-strength ambience of Scotland's largest city. Unfortunately, the narrative is on somewhat shaky ground in the more advanced techno details, and the dialogue is a bit too generic. On the other hand, the plot moves slickly, if extremely rapidly, from computers to diamonds, and from lowlife "neds" on the Glasgow streets to Russian diplomats bargaining in the illegal gem markets. Not the best in the series, but still worth the effort. --Peter Robertson