Picks and Pans Review: Dark Blue and Dangerous

updated 11/02/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/02/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Jonathan Ross

In this mystery novel Detective Superintendent George Rogers is having an affair with a beautiful young medical examiner. His wife has caught on that something is wrong and has moved out. A young policeman is found, drowned, in a frozen canal, and Rogers learns that the cop was a womanizer with a taste for older, married women. Has the husband of one of the women done the foul deed? There are two more murders and some musing about how male lust can get even the best of men into dark, serious trouble. The author retired after 30 years as a British policeman. This is all veddy British—curb is spelled kerb, the constant cold and damp are nicely described—and the solution is, well, veddy satisfactory. (Scribner's, $9.95)

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