Art Spikol

"The Physalia Incident"

(Reviewed Judi Clark MAR 23, 1998)

The Physalia Incident

The Physalia Incident takes place in Bermuda and does for jellyfish what Jaws did for sharks! Only this is a worse fear for me since I always see jellyfish when I'm swimming in tropical waters, although rarely man-of-war.

Anyhow, our protagonist, Alex Black, is the science editor for a Philadelphia newspaper.  He's asked to look into a story about a wealthy American who's been killed in Bermuda by a sting of a Portuguese man-of-war.  Black interviews the wife who doesn't believe that her husband was naive enough to swim into jellyfish and suspects murder.

All I can say is this is really worthwhile mystery read (especially if like them taking place in or near the ocean); if you see a copy, pick it up! I am sorry to find that it is no longer in print and that it is his only fiction.



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About the Author:

Art Spikol is a Philadelphia writer, columist, and editorial consultant. He is the former editor and executive editor of Philadelphia magazine and the former art director of both Boston and Philadelphia magazines; anf ofr more than ten uyears he has written the "Nonfiction" column for Writers's Digest. Like the hero of the The Physalia Incident, Mr. Spikol is a techonology junkie. As far as I know, this is the only work of fiction that he has published.
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