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Killed on the rocks
DeAndrea, William L.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [1990]

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Booklist Review

Gabby Dost wants to buy a television network; money isn't an issue, but some sinister threats attesting to Gabby's mental and emotional instability have everyone worried. Network trouble~shooter Matt Cobb is called in to oversee the delicate negotiations taking place on Gabby's remote upstate New York estate. The snows descend; the roads freeze over; and enough emotionally thwarted sons, sexually free wives, feuding network execs, and sundry dogs and servants are on hand to set the stage for a classic "locked room" whodunit. With all the pieces in place, Gabby obligingly croaks, his body found lying in a patch of snow curiously unmarked by footprints. Rocks is in no way ground-breaking, but Matt is a pleasingly droll hero, the suspects are rendered in agreeably realistic hues, and the caper is enlivened by much TV-insider lore. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

This sixth adventure of Matt Cobb finds the TV industry troubleshooter investigating a billionaire corporate raider's lethal impalement on pointy rocks during a blizzard at an Adirondack estate. According to PW , ``An engaging setup collapses under the weight of a busy ending. . . . Explaining the clues takes too much time, draining suspense.'' (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Matt Cobb, the resourceful investigator ( Killed with a Passion , LJ 3/1/83; Killed in the Act, LJ 11/1/81; etc.) who works for Special Projects at Network, accompanies corporate executives to billionaire Gabby Dost's Adirondacks retreat for discussion of a takeover bid. Isolated by a deep snowfall, members of the group find Dost dead the next morning, splayed out in the snow 40 yards from the house, with no footprints leading to the body. Cobb takes charge of retrieving the body, questioning the other guests, and getting the girl. Series fans should enjoy this variation on the puzzling-murder-in-the-secluded-mansion theme, complete with disappearing relative, suspicious housekeepers, and ``psychic'' second wife. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.