Life is hard, or so Alvarez judged before Maurice Rook set sail from Port Llueso in his luxury motor cruiser and disappeared ? then it becomes very much harder. Noyes, working for an English firm of investigators, arrives on Majorca suspecting Rook did not die from accidental drowning, but has attempted to perpetrate an insurance fraud intended to recoup the money he lost in a proposed development in the south of the Peninsula.
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Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and was educated at Southampton's School of Navigation. In 1943 he went to sea with the New Zealand Shipping Company and returned to England in 1949 where he was subsequently called to the Bar. He practiced law for a brief period before starting to write full time. His books have been published in many different countries and have been adapted for film, television, and radio. He and his wife live in Mallorca, and have two children.
The pace of life in Mallorca is gentle and leisurely. For aging, wide-girthed policeman Enrique Alvarez, this means a few hours of work each day, punctuated with frequent breaks for coffee and cognac, a cigarette, or a short siesta. When the wife of wealthy British expat and keen yachtsman Maurice Rook reports her husband missing and presumed drowned, Alvarez reluctantly gets to work and immediately becomes suspicious, especially when he learns that Rook had a life-insurance policy for a cool million. Alvarez suspects the man of staging a fake drowning to claim the money, but when Rook's decomposed body washes ashore, Alvarez realizes he is wrong. Perhaps, he thinks, Rook was murdered. Jeffries' extensive experience (130 books in 50 years) shows in his deft plotting, delightful protagonist, laugh-aloud humor, and shrewd plotting. A wonderfully entertaining mystery. Emily Melton
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