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Killer Crabs

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1978.

Four years after the notorious Welsh incident related in Night of the Crabs, the giant crabs reappear: this time near Hayman Island, some eighty miles off the Queensland coast. Professor Cliff Davenport, called in to deal with the problem, has to find a new way to destroy them, as paraquat is out of the question in the sea. Various sub-plots complicate the story including a nymphomaniac criminal, �20,000 in stolen money and a slightly mad big game hunter who just has to bag a crab for himself.

The success that Guy Smith achieved with Night of the Crabs enabled him to become a professional full-time author, and so who can blame him in obviously wanting another taste of it the easy way. There are at present four sequels and a prequel; and this first showed that there was still life in the giant crustaceans yet. Unlike many sequels (including some of this Crabs series), there's enough that's new here to make it worth reading. Guy never took his Crabs novels seriously; they were meant to be taken with tongue firmly in cheek, and on that level this one succeeds. Not an unmissable sequel, but it's far better than most.


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