Thursday, November 26, 2009
"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks." Heordotus
George Young is an attorney for a New York insurance firm. His work involves the analysis of suspicious insurance claims.
He's called to the home of Mrs. Corbett, widow of his company's founder. She's in ill health and wants George to look into what her son, Roger, was doing prior to the time he walked into the path of an oncoming truck and was killed.
In a story that "The Washington Post" compares to "The Bonfire of Vanities," George finds that Roger had a girlfriend. Eliska Sedlacek, a Czeck. She had a relationship with a Russian and she carried items into the United States for this man. In the man's last trip, he asks her to carry a larger package. This man is later killed and Eliska is informed that the man took something of large value that didn't belong to him and the people want it back.
Through the investigation, George learns things about himself that are significant.
Harrison has written a nice story that was originally commissioned as a fifteen-part weekly serial.
George Young is a sympathetic character. He shows his integrity by continuing his search even when danger builds. Harrison has given the reader an interesting plot twist which is almost enough to have the reader go through the story again, with the new information.
An enjoyable read.