The Laughing Falcon

The Laughing Falcon

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
William Deverell’s 11th novel is an adventure thriller layered with startling twists. All that Maggie Schneider, a romance writer from wintry Saskatoon, wants is a glorious holiday in the tropics and maybe a little real romance to reawaken her creative juices. What she gets instead, soon after she arrives in Costa Rica, is a nasty surprise. First she is robbed of most of her money. Then she is kidnapped and held for ransom somewhere in the steamy jungle by self-styled revolutionaries led by a charismatic man with a mysterious background. Kidnapped along with Maggie is the vivacious wife of a U.S. senator who has presidential ambitions.

While the two women learn to deal with their captors, Jacques Cardinal, a jaded eco-tour guide who is desperately seeking to free himself from the demons of his past, undertakes a daring undercover rescue mission.

Comical and fast-paced – and drawn from true events – The Laughing Falcon transports readers to the lush rainforest of Costa Rica, where the author himself has lived for much of the last 20 years.

Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 2001
Description: 385 p
ISBN: 9780771027048
Branch Call Number: Deve


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Deverell has a well developed writing style but the plot is thin and reads like an up scale bodice ripper. The grueling trip through the jungle has little psychological reflection; it is more about who will get the handsome brute and how the heathcliff figure will turn his life around. Maybe a good read for a winter vacation on a Caribean beach but I skipped through several chapters out of boredom.

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