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Crystal

By (author) William Wingate
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Century
Published: 24th Feb 1983
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
Weight: 602g
ISBN-10: 0712600787
ISBN-13: 9780712600781
Barcode No: 9780712600781

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Step-by-step assassinations and opium-to-heroin details: those are the minor attractions of this crass, plodding, yet undeniably visceral thriller - which involves a renegade DEA official's private war against the biggest international drug route. He's Harry Wheeler, an unsympathetic ex-CIA type, who (after elaborate preliminaries) hires super-assassin "Crystal" to start knocking off key people along the big Mafia drug-route from Turkey to N.Y. Thus, the faceless Crystal must first amass an assorted arsenal (while also figuring out a fail-safe way to secure his $1,000,000 fee). Then it's off to Turkey to murder one Aziz Algan - whose head blows up "like a bursting aerosol spray." Next stop: Marseilles, where Crystal must blow up the ship carrying the poppy shipment from Turkey and zap various French connections. And, meanwhile, Wheeler is paving the way for Crystal's last target - Mafia drug-don Jack Graniano - by unleashing a special, unofficial agent: gorgeous Liz Fitzwilliam, who quickly super-seduces Graniano (lots of crude sex here), wins his total confidence, but is becoming more and more revolted by her assignment. ("What have I been doing with this disgusting, repulsive man, letting him slobber over my body, me slobbering over his debauched ugliness!") There will be foul-ups along the way in Wheeler's plan, then: Graniano's henchmen suspect Liz; Mafiosi start shooting each other in Marseille; Liz commits suicide. But eventually, after a car-chase or two, Crystal will kill Graniano (with unnecessary complexity). . . and will also have to face tricky Harry Wheeler in a nasty showdown, as two secret motivations (one predictable, the other outlandish) are finally revealed. A 200-page notion stretched out to 350 pages with weaponry, gore, and heroin-industry slide-shows: foul but sporadically energetic entertainment for the blood-and-guns audience. (Kirkus Reviews)