Richard Peck

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Kidnapping, like hi-jacking, is very much the thing…. [In Through a Brief Darkness] Mr. Peck at least manages a flourish of novelty in having Rachel kidnapped in a very elaborate way en route, as it were, between New York and London…. The yarn certainly moves rapidly—in terms of locale as well; Mr. Peck seems to make use of places he once knew. It is a pity that a slight taint of cynicism seems to colour the whole. It is such a good novel that one feels like reading it all over again once one has reached the end.

"'Through a Brief Darkness'," in The Junior Bookshelf, Vol. 40, No. 5, October, 1976, p. 283.

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