Nightmare in New York
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The illustration on our cover is taken from Stories for Children by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by P J Lynch, 0 7500 0302 2, £10.00 (see Fairy Tale Favourites). The book is published by Simon & Schuster and we're grateful to them for help in using this illustration.
Fast, superficial, action-packed and dealing with media-fashionable issues; Masters has the formula exactly right to tempt less able male readers, Year 9 upwards. Colin's father mysteriously - and temporarily - disappears on a family holiday, as a result of his investigations about his brother. The mafia rear their ugly heads; Colin's uncle is corrupt, his assassins are streetwise and anonymous - all this tempered with a wide streak of romantic interest. The book is almost too aggressively targetted, but it'll sell.