I read this book about 23-Aug-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1953. This note was last modified Monday, 05-May-2014 22:30:10 PDT.
This is book 17 of the "Roderick Alleyn" series.
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Back to Marsh for a bit. I liked a lot of the intereactions between Alleyn, Troy, and their son (Ricky) very well. However, there's too much idiocy. It's bad enough that the family comes along on a business trip when they'd decided not to do that. It's known to be a really serious business trip—working on high-level drug traffickers for the French. And then the rest of the excuse is to visit a distant cousin that Troy isn't sure she wants to visit anyway. (The cousin turns out to be involved in the drugs, of course.) So you pretty much have to just giver her the setup, because she doesn't do anything to earn it.
There's also a new religious cult mixed in. And a lot of 50s drug scare paranoia—people getting twitchy because they need their next fix of marijuana, and such nonsense.
But, really, it's quite enjoyable, between the idiocies.