The Plot Against Roger Rider (Julian Symons)

By Julian Symons

First published: UK, Collins, 1973

4 stars

Symons - Roger Rider.jpgAn updated version of GA Baroque, with the emphasis more on the clever and very tricky plot (murder and two disappearances in Spain, a plot and a plot building on that plot, and a well-hidden least likely culprit) than on psychology or social commentary.  Genuine detection, too, done by policemen in Spain (Galera is a good man in a bad régime) and the UK, and by a pair of young amateurs.  Crisply plotted, with a good control of details.
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