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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Richard Barth departs from his popular series featuring elderly sleuth Margaret Binton to introduce Dr. Samuel Garvey, the best and most daring roller coaster designer in the country, and to take his readers on the ride of their lives.

Garvey is now at work on his masterpiece, the Jumper, for the Angelus Corporation in Texas. The Jumper will do just that-the two cars will
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 14th 2000 by Minotaur Books
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This was a good little mystery/thriller about a roller coaster designer and a roller coaster saboteur. As a coaster fan, I enjoyed the in-story references to popular parks and coasters, and the coaster design and development details the author included. A true techie certainly could find a few technical details to object to in the storyline, and the ending is purely formulaic, but overall it's a thoroughly entertaining read.
I really enjoyed all the roller-coaster info, and I wish the Jumper existed in real life. Parts really seemed quaint - all the Y2K references! - which I also enjoyed. Never did buy the relationship between the main characters, and I kept pondering why an old-ish man had such a young child.
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