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Black Trinity

Novel by Michael Falconer Anderson (UK) 1988.

Peter Daniloff finds a weird message on his answerphone. His father, who he'd thought dead for thirty years, tells him that he's the last in the black trinity and it's coming for him, having tricked them all. Daniloff writes it off as a hoax, but when weird things start happening around him, like people he hates dying in numbers, he reappraises it and goes off in search of his past and the truth.

After a policeman as a hero in The Covenant, Anderson returns to newspapermen. So again we find a journalist with a girlfriend (never a wife), again plagued by an evil coming out of the past, which again visits death and destruction onto those around him. But here the stakes are much higher, it's not just a case of a spirit punishing someone for killing its host; here we're talking nuclear armageddon. Anderson's tone is deeply pessimistic - he sees the world as going downhill fast and brings us even to the point of nuclear weapons being launched. But pessimistic isn't necessarily depressing: Black Trinity is enjoyable to read. The suspense from The Unholy is back, but placed in a more carefully crafted setting. And 'crafted' is the key word here; the plot, the characters, the detail, the background, everything seems crafted. It's noticeable that Anderson improves with every book: this is number five and he's still getting better.


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