Jewelled Eye

Jewelled Eye

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745192270
  • 9780745192277

Review Text

Talkiness has slightly marred many of Clark's old-fashioned, often-intriguing Scotland Yard procedurals - but this time the chatter factor is positively crippling, with a 10-page plot inflated to novel-length via exasperating, repetitious dialogue at every turn. First, Chief Supt. Masters and three of his assistants gather at a coastal hotel for over 100 pp. of exposition, tediously punctuated by endless rounds of drinks. The plotlet: a British lab is close to discovering a cure for cancer - but a Libyan-backed gang has abducted top scientist Arthur Hopcraft, with plans for stealing the cancer-cure secrets from him. Where could they be hiding him?. More stultifying talk ensues ("Fred, you be the moderator") before Hopcraft himself sends the cops a clue - one that points to a London bank as the kidnap hide-out. And is there some action then at last? Yes - about five pages of it, with a brief shoot-out at the bank that leads to Hopcraft's release and another long, soporific recap. Static, disappointing work - only marginally enlivened by a subplot involving a noble ex-con who helps the Scotland Yard team (and takes some long-overdue revenge along the way). (Kirkus Reviews)
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