During the Battle of Britain, when the countryside shook under the impact of Nazi bombs, the English government decided to send as many children as possible to Canada and the United States for safekeeping. One of those children was Robby Burns, a duke's son. Robby steps off the ship in New York (up to his bare knees in snow) and discovers that one child's safety may very well be another child's adventure.
Robby's New York protector is a newsman with a penchant for drink and purple prose - and a definite disregard for a young boy's welfare. Almost immediately, Robby is not so much kidnapped as kept by a family that decides the boy might be worth some money to them. He can deal with that, but when he witnesses a murder committed by Tony Savallo, he knows it's time to strike out on his own...with Savallo in hot pursuit.
He finds temporary refuge with a wealthy Park Avenue family, becomes a bagman for a senator on the take, and, finally, finds a moment's respite with a family of twelve in a Harlem tenement. But it is only a moment - Savallo is waiting, ever more impatiently.
Mcdonald's finely-honed, always pointed, dialogue, plus piercing social criticism, is displayed with the author's usual flair.
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About the Author
Gregory Mcdonald (1937—2008) was an American mystery writer best known for his creation of the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher, an investigative reporter who went by the nickname "Fletch" and inspired a series of the same name. Two of the Fletch books earned Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. And two of them were adapted into films starring Chevy Chase. Mcdonald’s 1991 novel The Brave was also adapted into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.