Bobbs-Merrill/Black Cat Mystery
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Mike Tucker is a professional art dealer who moonlights as a professional
thief. Through Clitus Felton, an ex-thief who runs a book store, Tucker
receives offers to ply his second trade, but he picks and chooses which capers
he becomes involved in. In "Blood Risk", Felton puts him in contact with Jimmy
Shirillo. Shirillo's father died young, in part because he had to overwork
himself to pay protection money to mob boss Rossario Baglio for the "privelege"
of keeping his shoe repair business open. Shirillo wants to exact revenge on
Baglio in the only way a mob boss would understand: by hitting him in the
My Rating = C +
A quick and enjoyable read, but somewhat formulaic.
"Blood Risk" was the first of five novels that Dean Koontz published under the
pseudonym "Brian Coffey". It is one of the harder titles to locate and tends to
be very expensive. Unfortunately, most of the copies I see listed for sale are
ex-library editions. "Blood Risk" was the first of three novels to feature
Mike Tucker as the protagonist, followed by "Surrounded" in 1974 and concluding
with "The Wall of Masks" in 1975. It was never published in paperback in the
United States, although Futura published a paperback edition in England.
You have the American first edition if there is a $5.95 price on the inside
front of the dustjacket. The copyright page shows no number sequence.