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Unnatural Hazard

(The second book in the Angus Straun series)
A novel by

Publisher's Weekly
Cork's sequel to Dead Ball brings British detective, novelist and golf addict Angus Straun to a Scottish island at the invitation his friend Chas MacLiven. Owner of the island's castle, MacLiven has turned it into a resort-hotel, and Angus is one of several guests ready to play in a tournament, which is abruptly canceled by ''unnatural hazards.'' Angus relates the dicey doing after he and Chas discover a player dead at the bottom of the castle's oubliette. Someone seemingly has pushed the man 20 feet from the top of the prison, but a surplus of suspects hampers the investigation. These include IRA fanatics posing as divers for treasure on sunken ships; squatters protected by a saintly man who pities them as homeless souls, while secretly they plan vile observances of a pagan Midsummer ritual; and someone bent on avenging crimes committed by Nazis in 1942. The excitement runs as high as the tidal wave that crashes into the castle and punishes the guilty while Chas, gifted with ''The Sight,'' gets himself and the other innocents out of harm's way. This feat tops a tale with enough spooky incidents to please any mystery lover.

Library Journal
Cork's second novel evidences marked improvement over his first ( Dead Ball, LJ 4/1/89 ). Angus Straun, policeman and historical novel writer, promises to play in a golf tournament at a friend's newly opened castle-hotel on a Scottish island. Shoved off the train on his way, Angus nonetheless survives--only to discover a body in the castle dungeon. A further murder, an electrocution attempt, aging hippies, twin villains, and a World War II secret agreeably muddle up an exciting, if derivative, plot. Scotland provides a uniquely craggy and dangerous background for this well-organized and voluble work.

Genre: Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

February 1990 : USA Hardback

Title: Unnatural Hazard
Author(s): Cork
ISBN: 0-684-19182-2 / 978-0-684-19182-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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May 1989 : UK Hardback

Title: Unnatural Hazard
Author(s): Barry Cork
ISBN: 0-00-232224-2 / 978-0-00-232224-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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