Terrorism has come to New Zealand: a rabid right-wing talkback host
is forced to "walk the plank" fifteen stories up; the best known print
journalist in the country is murdered; and a monarchist MP is roasted to
death and his bodyguard fed to a pit bull. These killings are claimed
by the previously unknown Aotearoa People's Army and the anti-terrorism
experts from Wellington are sure they're the work of Maori extremists,
but maverick cop Tito Ihaka reckons they haven't got a clue.
Tito soon finds himself taken off the case, but is assigned instead to a
blackmail attempt that turns out to be linked to it, and which unsettles
those involved. When they make the mistake of kidnapping Tito himself,
his friends go looking for him...
Guerilla Season maintains coherence through its fast-moving
twists and turns, with a plot that holds together surprisingly well.
Humour dominates over tension, with the extensive mayhem pitched for
laughs rather than suspense. And there's some nice local colour, in
the Auckland setting and the seedier side of some of its celebrities.
Frivolous but fun, Guerilla Season is an entertaining comic thriller.
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