When sexy young producer Eva Johnson collapses and dies on her way up the aisle to collect her Oscar for Best Picture of the...

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MURDER AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

When sexy young producer Eva Johnson collapses and dies on her way up the aisle to collect her Oscar for Best Picture of the Year, there's a near-ludicrous profusion of people with murder motives. (Was it in fact murder? Yes indeed: the weapon was a minibomb which Eva had ingested in the form of a capsule.) Among the many likely suspects tracked down by cop Punch Phillips: Eva's ex-lover, whom she used in her seam to rig the Academy Award, then dumped; Eva's ex-husband, whose career and life were destroyed; the furious husband of Eva's lesbian lover; Eva's other ex-lover, a bigtime producer whom she was blackmailing; and the man whose daughter Eva turned into a porno-actress. Not enough? Well, Eva's father was a name-namer in the McCarthy hearings--giving rise to revenge motives. And there's more as well, as a couple of other deaths ensue, mini-flashbacks cornily fill in the plot. . . and Punch ends up denouncing the deranged killer in a funeral-service showdown. Thin and tawdry as Hollywood exposÉ, inept as murder-mystery.

Pub Date: April 11, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1983