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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Robinson, 10 May 2006
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As the blurb under his photo states, Derek Robinson is best known for his RAF-based fiction, including the incomparable "Piece of Cake". The other Robinson trademeark is his dry witty conversation; a writing style so dessicated you would think it had come straight from Death Valley.

This is a self-contained story, but also part of a Trilogy containing the eralier works "The Eldorado Network" and "Artillery of Lies", and featuring Luis Cabrillo. Cabrillo's earlier adventures chronicled in these two books were based on the true story of the Double Cross system.

Here, the action moves on 8 years from the end of the Second World War and Luis has come to New York, flat broke, to look up an old girlfriend. He is soon back to his old tricks, aided and abetted by a cast of picaresque characters, some of whom (in another Robinson trademark) are only just introduced before meeting a sticky end.

The story zips along at a cracking pace, but Robinson also finds time for the period details (drawing, I supect, on his own time in America as an advertising executive). For example, he wonderfully evokes the age of the Ocean Liner in a description of the view from the Empire State Building, where the giant ships "nuzzle into their berths like piglets under their mother." This would never have occurred to this child of the 747 age.

Go and buy this - then, by hook or by crook, locate the earlier "Cabrillo" stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dialogue as always from Mr Robinson, 18 Mar 2014
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I read these Luis Cabrilo stories slightly out of sync, this is the third instalment and I think it's the best. Downloaded it at 2pm ish and finished it 11 hours later with stops for food, sleep, and the pub, as it was St Patricks day in Dublin. A really good read, great humour and excitement. But it and enjoy.
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