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I was handed this by a collegue at work and told it was Richard Laymons best novel yet. Add to that the front cover banner "This author knows how to sock it to the reader - The Times". Thats a heck of a claim to make and I couldn't wait to get my teeth into it. The action starts immediately on page one with a rather ridiculous scenario. Still every book has got to start somewhere and this one started with me thinking what the heck? Jaguar driving women in negliges do not usually pick up hitch-hikers, at least not where I come from. The actioned flowed thick and fast and by the end of the first chapter I was hooked wanting more and expecting it at an equally rapid pace. I wasn't disappointed, at least not for the first 50 pages. After this the pace eased off but no matter there was still plenty going on and there were plot twists a plenty, in fact the plot keeps twisting right up until the final chapter. Die in the wool horror fans will find this visits Mills and Boons territory far too often, some of the scenarios used are too far fetched to be credible which weakens the overall story but if you do get the opportunity to read this book give it a whiz. At 218 pages its not overly long but it is most enjoyable.
A Californian wife has left her academic husband. As she drives through the mountains in the early hours of the morning, she picks up a hitch-hiker - rugged, adventurous - who suggests a romantic stop. But no love takes place at The Bend that night and in the morning a body is found.