Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Flashlight
Date Finished: August 2, 2016
We’ll only count this as a half-step up the TBR pile, as this is just half of an Ace Double. McKnight returns to the flying world with another pilot dragged into a mystery investigation. I haven’t bothered to determine if this is the same character, but there isn’t much distinctive about any of McKnight’s characters so it doesn’t really matter. His writing style seems to have changed a bit here as he is much more jokier, a la Prather or Carter Brown, than I remember him being in earlier novels. It is not a good fit. A less leering attitude would have helped here. There is something in this about a stolen plane, a wad of money and possibly drug smuggling, but it is such a muddled mess that I forgot most of it by now. The best part is the title.
One of the thugs on the dock is holding a flashlight, though you can mostly just see the beam, but we’ll count it as that.