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by Gwendoline Butler

With his position as Chief Commander in question, John Coffin's latest case, which involves two missing students, forces him to investigate his own personality and career and to reflect on his own life, loves, and betrayals.
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ISBN: 0312097778
ISBN13: 978-0312097776
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Gwendoline Butler
Language: English
Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st U.S. ed edition (July 15, 1993)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1517 kb
FB2 size: 1773 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 724
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Two students go missing from the university and this brings Coffin into contact with someone from his own past. James Dean's daughter, Amy is one of the missing students and he himself used to be a policeman.

Coffin knows his life was saved by Dean but at the same time he believes he was betrayed by him so he must do his best to remain detached. Not easy when he has good reason to think Dean is working behind the scenes to get him into trouble in the present. His relationship with actress Stella Pinero has also come to a crisis point so he must deal with that too.

This is a tense crime novel with many red herrings and many genuine clues which the reader is likely to overlook. I like the way Coffin and Stella's relationship is developed - it doesn't run in a straight-line and they are frequently at odds with one another usually over matters connected with his job. I also liked the way all the events dovetail together making a satisfying whole.

If you like well written crime novels with more psychological depth than many then try Gwendoline Butler's John Coffin series.