The Angels Will Not Care

The Angels Will Not Care

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Times are hard for Alaskan PI Cecil Younger until Sonny Walters of the Great Circle Cruise Lines asks him to investigate the unsavoury rumours going around about one of their ship's doctors. Most of the passengers are elderly, but is it euthanasia or murder?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 16mm | 232g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752837044
  • 9780752837048

About John Straley

John Straley lives in Alaska with his small son and his wife, a marine biologist who studies whales.show more

Review Text

Cecil Younger is depressed. But then Cecil - by his own assessment least successful p.i. in Sitka, Alaska - is chronically depressed. He moans, he pouts, his natural state is unrelieved weltschmerz (Death and the Language of Unhappiness, 1997, etc.). As his fifth outing gets underway, however, Cecil's melancholy has a legitimate basis for once. Inadvertently, he triggered the suicide of a friend - an act well-meant but misguided - and he can't forgive himself. Much of Sitka is equally unforgiving. Unemployed, unloved - even his girlfriend Ann Marie seems distant - Cecil spends his time what he does best: moping. So when he's offered a gig on the good ship S.S. Westward, Ann Marie stirs him into action. But, in truth, the Westwardis not such a good ship if untimely deaths are any measure. Cruises are its business, but this ship's cruises are of a most unconventional kind, inasmuch as so many of her passengers book one way. It's a ship full of mysteries, Cecil discovers. And full of murder suspects, including for a brief, dismaying period, the detective himself. Working up a sympathy for sorrowful Cecil isn't always easy. But he can be charming, wryly funny, even insightful. Straley writes extremely well - a talent that enlivens his Alaskan background. A bit of backbone stiffening might do the same for his hero. (Kirkus Reviews)show more