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Reviewed by Ian Miller for Readers' Favorite
"Flight in February" commences with an escaped convict, Marcus Strenck, working his way through snow outside a prison in Minnesota. Since it is in the heart of winter, and the prisoner is hardly supplied with Arctic clothing, one may wonder why he does not freeze to death, nevertheless the prisoner makes it. Initially, the escape is noted as a suicide, because the last visible evidence of Strenck was his entering the feeder zone for the prison furnace and never coming out again. Two FBI agents descend on the prison and promptly declare it a suicide, but strictly speaking, the issue lies within the scope of the Marshall's service, and deputy Marshal Henry Scott becomes annoyed to find that his job has been usurped. What follows is a story where Henry tries to uncover what has happened, while it appears the FBI is trying to block him. To add to the complications, it appears that in prison Strenck was a painter of genuine ability, and Henry's sister obtains such paintings and hosts a gallery display.
The characters are very well drawn, and in general, the book is very well written. The mechanism of how Strenck escaped is extremely imaginative, and the proposed method gives the book a real touch of novelty. "Flight in February" by Philip Kraske is a genuinely imaginative book that is well-crafted, and is fully worthy of five stars.