Landfall: A Novel

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Critics hailed Tony Gibbs's first sailing thriller, Dead Run. Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best of the year, a characterful, salt-sprayed tale... altogether a rouser." John Ellsworth of The New York Times Book Review called his sequel, Running Fix, "a clever and vivid mystery...balanced and well-trimmed," and Publishers Weekly said, "This compelling thriller percolates with suspense." Now, in Landfall, the crew of the charter yacht Glory set their course again for a voyage on ...
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Critics hailed Tony Gibbs's first sailing thriller, Dead Run. Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best of the year, a characterful, salt-sprayed tale... altogether a rouser." John Ellsworth of The New York Times Book Review called his sequel, Running Fix, "a clever and vivid mystery...balanced and well-trimmed," and Publishers Weekly said, "This compelling thriller percolates with suspense." Now, in Landfall, the crew of the charter yacht Glory set their course again for a voyage on the troubled waters of intrigue and danger. For Gillian Verdean, Glory's owner, life has taken a turn for the better, as her precarious relationship with Glory's sea-hardened skipper, Jeremy Barr, finally blossoms into romance. And the beautiful old yacht is at last booked for a successful winter charter season in the Caribbean, starting with the six-person party of a Mr. Jake Adler, due to come aboard at the Dutch island of St. Maarten. But only two of the party arrive, Adler and his Cuban mistress - and Adler himself is almost killed on the street in a suspicious "accident." Once on board, he reveals that he's a vacationing U.S. army colonel and strikes up a friendship with Glory's first mate, the ex-soldier Patrick O'Mara. Adler's stunning mistress, Isabel Machado, on the other hand, seems to want something more from Patrick than friendship. While Gillian worries over this triangle, Barr is approached by his shadowy former employers, for whom he used to run occasional errands among the islands. Adler they claim, has a taste for violent action and unauthorized mayhem; the Caribbean, with its multitude of small, often fragile nations, is a perfect playground for such a man. Barr's former bosses are convinced he's up to something - especially after Adler's four missing friends turn up very messily dead. And with Adler's record, they suspect it could be anything from a political coup to an invasion. Under threat of blackmail, Barr agrees to cooperate, with
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The third entry in Gibbs's nautical mystery series (launched with Dead Run ) boasts strong characters, plenty of rocky romance and a convoluted plot that requires readers to transfer loyalties several times en route to the blood-spattered conclusion. Jake Adler, a military man with connections to a dubious right-wing organization, charters the yacht Glory and involves its owner Gillian Verdean, the captain (and Gillian's lover) Jeremy Barr and the cook Patrick O'Mara in a clandestine operation on the fictional Caribbean island of St. Philip. Although the plot, which involves powerful governments, doesn't really convince, Gibbs generates a satisfying kinetic rush with all the mayhem: freak car accidents, collisions at sea, abductions and a sinister island house with a dungeon. Lush locales and extensive, but not overdrawn, seafaring lore add to the reading pleasure. (Nov.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688111021
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Series: Gillian Verdean Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 256

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