Fictional mystery & intrigue.
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Narrator Peter Marklin, the Dorset antique toy dealer and ex-adman first met in Tinplate, meets Lana-Lee Claudell, American movie star, and her nasty husband Maxwell at a party given by the star. Longhurst, would-be beau of Lanna-Lee, crashes the party drunk, hurling insults and threats at Maxwell. Mild-mannered Peter, trying to keep peace, gets a shiner from Longhurst for his pains. Soon, though, Peter realizes Longhurst is a decent chap. So when Maxwell is found bludgeoned to death on a beach near Longhurst's car, Peter can't believe that Longhurst is guilty as charged. Lana-Lee, who didn't like her husband and is in love with Longhurst, hires Peter to investigate. Meanwhile, we hear about Peter's plans to manufacture a die-cut copy of a Dinky Toy airplane. Eventually the strands of the plot come together in a mild welter of drugs, religious fanaticism and blackmail, a fairly unlikely situation at best. The shallow characterizations are matched by Peter's relentlessly coy diction: "Two hours later found me seated on a rather hemorrhoidally cold rock on the beach."
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Book Description Arrow, London UK. Softcover. Book Condition: Neu. Ohne Schutzumschlag. Steed, Neville - Die-Cast, A Peter Marklin mystery, 270 S., Taschenbuch, ARROW. When beautiful Hollywood actress Lana-Lee Claudell retires to the serenity of the Dorset countryside, Peter Marklin is naturally delighted to make her acquaintance. But when her estranged husband is found battered to death, and her lover Adam Longhurst is arrested for murder, Marklin finds his quiet life of antique toy trading violently interrupted . Enraged by his old sparring partner Inspector Blake of Scotland Yard, and entreated by Lana-Lee herself, Marklin reluctantly takes on the task of proving Longhurst's innocence. Gradually he uncovers a dangerous and twisted trail that extends to Hollywood and France. amongst the rich, and not so rich, he encounters a bewildering world of careless passions, guarded jalousies, blackmail and explosive emotions. . "Steed's debut Tinplate won the John Creasey Memorial Award for the best first crime novel of 1986; his second consolidates this promise" The Times. Bookseller Inventory # 002007