Now, surrounded by towering pyramids on Mexico City's Walk of the Dead, a frightened yet resolute young woman searches for a perilous truth and for the beloved parent she thought was gone forever. But there are dark secrets lurking in the shadows of antiquity, a conspiracy she never imagined, and enemies who are determined that Carol Farley will not leave Mexico alive.
©1971 Elizabeth Peters; (P)996 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key." (Washington Post Book World)
This is one of Elizabeth Peter's earlier books. Some of the story is a little dated but as usual Ms Peter makes you want to be where the book describes, in this case deep in Mexico around the ruins. The characters are good but certainly not Amelia or Radcliff:)
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
1) The reader. 2) Carol seems to level-headed & smart but then inexplicably gets a completely wrong-headed theory when the identity of the bad guy was SO obvious... Who Tom Andres was also became obvious but Carol overlooked it...3) Romance (reciprocated(!)) came totally out of left field
Not read in such an offhand contained tone. Sounds bored a lot.
Not really.Maybe Cate Blanchett for Carol? I definitely vote for Taylor Kitsch for Ivan!!!Danny? Ashton Kutcher (20 years or so ago).
I started this book & stopped & started & stopped & finally plowed forward and it got good and then Carol's solution went off in this totally wrong direction and I was going, "No, no, no!" and "Get out of there!" and she didn't listen. Then she got in serious danger and then wham! - it was over. Would have liked a little more on the conclusion. I'm inferring but not even totally sure of the final body count....
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Carol heads to Mexico to see the father she hasn't seen since he abandoned her and her mother 10 years before. She finds herself embroiled in sinister plots. Sounds like a great plot for Elizabeth Peters, right? Somehow, she doesn't deliver. A very dated work, especially when one looks at the drug scene today, but the story isn't too bad if one keeps that in mind. This is one of her earliest works, and there is none of the humor I usually see in her books. That is a huge disappointment. The narrator does a great job with lackluster material. I love Elizabeth Peters' books. I don't love the one.
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