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  • Now there were tax evasion and other lawsuits against him, and the client wanted to make sure that government ruling against Patten did not result in his disappearance from the country

    • by Jacinth K Lee
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      Murder Sees the Light was written by Howard Engel (published by Penguin Books, 1986)

      There is not much ‘light’ I could see from this story I was rather confused from the beginning to the end. Benny Cooperman, a private investigator, has been engaged to babysit a famous (or infamous) TV evangelist, Norbett Patten.

      Leader of a super-cult, he was bright enough to combine evangelism with modern business, raking in millions


      in tax-breaks.

      Now there were tax evasion and other lawsuits against him, and the client wanted to make sure that government ruling against Patten did not result in his disappearance from the country.

      So Cooperman stayed at a fishing lodge, and managed to get close to the evangelist, and cultivate his friendship.

      Dead bodies soon turned up, an Indian guide and the son of a female lodger.

      Cooperman was ...


      • trying to link this to Patten, and instead found some other hidden secrets from the past, besides almost getting himself killed.

        It is a rather long-winded story with a lot of meandering and detouring that by the end of it, I have lost the thread of the story.

        I had expected to read about the fate of the evangelist - acquitted, prosecuted or murdered.

        Instead there were murders, blackmail and

        greed; then the story seemed to focus on one of the female lodgers, who had a history of lust and suspected murder.

        The author had been dubbed the grand old man of Canadian crime fiction; however I was not able to appreciate his stories.

        There were so many plots that seemed unrelated to the main story, and plenty of loose ends.

        Like I said, I am befuddled; this is indeed a difficult story to read.




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