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Gurr, David.

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, c1985. 313pp, cloth, $19.95, ISBN 0-7710-3664-7.CIP

Reviewed by Clare A. Darby

Volume 14 Number 3
1986 May

David Gurr is the author of Troika,* A Woman Called Scylls,** The Action of the Tiger Seal, (1984), and An American Spy Story.*** In this novel, Gurr gives us more of the intrigue we have come to expect from the thriller genre in general, and his novels in particular. Our hero, Morgan Brendell, a computer genius employed by a government agency, is accused of espionage when his computer buddy defects to the U.S.S.R., taking along some important technology. Morgan is arrested, tortured, convicted of treason in closed court, and rescued by a Soviet mole. Now the cross-country chase begins and. . .; well, you have read it all before. Still, taken with an extra dose of suspension of disbelief, the old tale is not half bad. In fact, Gurr gives the whole thing extra appeal by using allusions and allegorical names for his stereotypical characters. The swift narration allows you to forget the computer talk and draws you into the web of government secrecy and covert action.

The book is well-bound, the print is large and clear, the concept is interesting, the style is imaginative, and the setting is effectively reproduced. However, Gurr is not Ludlum, Forsyth, or MacLean. Not recommended for schools.

Clare A. Darby, Three Oaks H.S., Summerside, P.E.I.

*Reviewed vol. VIII/2 Spring 1980 p. 115.
**Reviewed vol. IX/4 1981 p. 247.
***Reviewed vol. XIII/2 March 1985 p.64.

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