Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where is Janice Gantry (1961)

Decent, if underwhelming, JDM standalone thriller. Sam Brice, ex-NFL player and now an insurance adjuster, searches for a missing ex-girlfriend on the West Coast of Florida. Everything that JDM does well, details of place and time, are present in this novel but the plot in this one is pretty unsurprising; the villain, in particular, is undeveloped and unscary. The best part of this book involves an escape off a cruiser in the middle of the ocean. It's one of the more purely exciting action set-pieces I've ever read in a non-Travis McGee MacDonald novel.

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