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Coaster

(1986)
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Publisher's Weekly
Written in a style of galvanic energy, Foy's second thriller, successor to the highly praised Asia Rip, features the captain of a British coastal freighter that sinks in high seas after its cargo has been tampered with. When his insurance company refuses to honor his claim, John Penrose, social outsider and skilled mariner, sets out to discover why, not only to avoid bankruptcy but to salvage his honor. But while Penrose is uncovering a web of reinsurance scams being spun by some of Lloyd's top underwriters, and even his wife's banker father, he finds himself the target of a series of brutal murder attemptson the Amsterdam waterfront, in the West Indies, in a booby-trapped cargo ship, down an abandoned Cornish mine and elsewhere. Foy can describe a classy cocktail party, an unscrupulous bankers' board meeting and the steamy hold of a doomed ship with equal assurance. He's a master of violent action, but also expert in the ways of seafaring and high-level insurance broking, and a shrewd observer of human psychology besides. His story is a humdinger.

Library Journal
When the freighter ''Witch of Fraddam'' sinks, Captain John Penrose makes an insurance claim with Lloyds of London. But the underwriter refuses to pay, leaving Penrose 13 million pounds in debt. Then the attacks on his life begin. As he searches for the reason he has become a target, Penrose stumbles on an answer that could topple the securities exchange system of the world. Foy knows his British shipping and gives lot of background on the U.K.'s failing industrial base. Though wordiness causes the suspense to lag, there is plenty of action to carry the plot along. Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Pub. Lib., Ohio

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1986 : UK Hardback
Title: Coaster
Author(s): George Foy
ISBN: 0-00-223029-1 / 978-0-00-223029-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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January 1986 : USA Hardback
Title: Coaster
Author(s): George Foy
ISBN: 0-670-80491-6 / 978-0-670-80491-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

December 1986 : USA Paperback
Title: Coaster
Author(s): George Foy
ISBN: 0-671-62326-5 / 978-0-671-62326-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm)
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April 1986 : UK Paperback
Title: Coaster
Author(s): George Foy
ISBN: 0-00-617237-7 / 978-0-00-617237-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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