This is the sequal to The Adventures of Miles Diamond: The Case of The
Missing Twin and Miles Diamond and the Demon of Death. I'm just sorry
Derek Adams didn't write any more! It's not really necessary to have
read the first two before reading this one, but certain previous
incidents are alluded to.
As with the first two books in the series, keep in mind, it's ADULT
FICTION, so if graphic (homosexual) sex offends you, don't read the
I absolutely ADORE Rudy in this one! I loved Miles from the first
paragraph of the first book, but his pal Rudy Vale really blossomed
through all three volumes. Usually the sarcastic brains of the
operation, Rudy is a mess in this one. His nephew is kidnapped and he
freaks big time. Miles, ever the screw-up, really steps up to the plate,
though. With his friend in trouble, he is kicking butt and taking names!
At about the point where I was thinking, 'wow, Miles is really on the
ball, isn't he?' Rudy askes him, "Are you getting smarter or am I
getting dumber?" And we learn a heck of a lot about Rudy's background
and family - we learn his full name, we learn about his ivy league past
- it's great! And Rudy is really a good friend after all - he saves
Miles' life several times (although, maybe that's only so he can have
the pleasure of killing him himself).
Miles, Rudy and Jackson are fiscally solvent now, after the Demon of
Death case. Jackson is off somewhere, so this one centers mainly around
Miles and Rudy. Miles opens a new office, hires an assistent, takes a
jealous lover case - all great, right? But once again, Miles can't keep
his pants on and this jealous lover is the murdering kind. With this guy
after him, he jumps at the chance to follow Rudy to Greece - maybe a
little time away will allow that jealous lover to calm down. Adam Scott,
Rudy's old frat brother, has sent a telegram requesting Rudy's help in
finding something called The Cretan Apollo. This intrigues Rudy, because
he has never heard of such a thing and he's heard of everything, so off
they go. Miles, Rudy, Gerald (Rudy's nephew) and Toby (Miles' new
assistant) all head for the steamy Greek Isles.
Unfortunately, they step off the plane into a hornets nest of danger,
murder and intrigue. Gerald and Toby are kidnapped, Miles and Rudy are
wanted for murder (Miles is starting to get used to being accused of
crimes he didn't commit). This time, Rudy takes his lumps along with
Miles - I think he's getting a lesson in what it's like being Miles
Diamond! And they both end up in chains in this one (definitely a
pattern for Miles). The case comes to a close on an island called
Aphrodesia (I'm not even going down that road).
It's an exciting chase and some of the situations they get into are just
too much. The assault on the bad guy's fortress is particularly
note-worthy. This time, though, it's not all Miles' fault.
Once again, though - continuity problems abound. I blame this on the
editors. Miles and Rudy lose their clothes in prison and no mention is
made of them getting anything to replace them. Yet a while later, they
are fully clothed - how'd that happen? And Rudy still has blue eyes.
What's up with that? In the first book, Rudy has gorgeous emerald eyes,
but about halfway through the second book, he suddenly has blue eyes -
that's a major faux pas in my estimation.
I give it five stars anyway, because it is so damned much fun.