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

©1990
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780892962105
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Book

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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

An engaging set-up collapses under the weight of a busy ending in the latest in DeAndrea's Matt Cobb series ( Killed in Paradise ). Cobb is asked to sit in as a TV station is acquired by corporate raider G. B. Dost at the billionaire's Adirondack estate. An anonymous note to all interested parties had warned of ``insanity, treachery and murder'' in Dost's behavior, and Cobb, ex-MP and now director of ``special projects'' for ``the Network,'' has been brought along just in case. The warnings prove true--the morning after a blizzard that knocks out the phone lines, Dost is found dead, impaled on pointy rocks lining his driveway. Noting the absence of footprints around the body, Cobb interrogates the six houseguests and several family members, beginning with Barry, Dost's unstable son. An eerie message from Dost on a unplugged TV set results in a fatal shooting. After a temporary impasse, the investigation regains steam when Cobb figures out the tricks behind the TV transmission and the footprints. Explaining them 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.