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By: Michael E. Marotta
E-mail Address: mercury@well.com

Flight of the Serpent by Val Davis Bantam Books, December 1998:

If you like old warbirds, this is yet another good read. It is a murder mystery. The victim is the grandson of a retired WWII bomber pilot. The detective is the archaeologist who found the wreck of the grandson's Cessna 152.

The old man and young woman are a balanced pair. Her academic interest in "recent archaeology" is the avenue for her extensive knowledge of planes and desert survival. He has a lifetime of flying and running a fixed base operation. The loss of his grandson -- and therefore his family line -- fuels their willingness to meet danger. The reader sees danger in the form of two agents, "blackbirds," who repeatedly try to kill Nicolette Scott and John Gault. Behind the killers are a secret government laboratory and its even-more-secret umbrella.

Justice seems impossible. Once the stuff hits the fan, even the congressman whom Gault taught to fly denies knowing him. However, Gault finds justice in the form of a restored B-24 Liberator. Rebuilding the plane was a long-term process. Over the decades, most of the work consisted of replacing the tires that never moved. Then, with the death of his grandson, Gault has his mechanic complete the work. Their initial intent is only to take the boy's ashes on one last flight to Great Salt Lake. Gault assembles as many of his old crew as are still alive for this honor. When Gault understands that Matt's killers will not be held accountable for their acts, he plans the final flight of the Lady-A.

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