Jigsaw Bay by John Merson & Restless by Garry Disher

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May 1995, no. 170

Jigsaw Bay by John Merson

Random House, $9.95 pb

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Restless: Stories of flight and fear

by Garry Disher

A&R, $9.95 pb

Jigsaw Bay by John Merson & Restless by Garry Disher

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May 1995, no. 170

More than ever books on today’s market have strong competition – particularly so if the title is intended for the 10+ reading audience. Publishers of children’s literature are responding to the need to entice a reading audience from the many technological forms of vivid and spectacular entertainment. Jigsaw Bay deserves a mention in this capacity.

The puzzle of Jigsaw Bay begins on an autumn morning as Danny McCall sets off, not to school, but to a secret place on the bay where he is playing truant with Yoko and Sam who will soon be part of the mystery. The plot is a good action one, strongly based in environmental ecology, corruption, and power. Danny, Yoko, and Sam with the help of greenie school teacher Bob and some slick court room tactics eventually win out and the murky details of corruption in Billington are revealed. The ideas in the plot kept me reading to the end of the book which is intended to attract readers by its directness and lack of complexity. I question, however, whether in an effort to succeed, the author has underestimated his audience and with the very best of intentions has ended up short changing readers.

Frances Kelly reviews 'Jigsaw Bay' by John Merson and 'Restless: Stories of flight and fear' by Garry Disher

Jigsaw Bay

by John Merson

Random House, $9.95 pb

Book Cover 2 Small

Restless: Stories of flight and fear

by Garry Disher

A&R, $9.95 pb

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