THE KIDNEYED CAPER by Alan Chase

THE KIDNEYED CAPER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As a mocking account of modern day tycoons this has a valid target, but as a novel it is cluttered, scattered -- and inducive to tedium. There's retired Major General Coldwater Niclennon Colpitts who will not let discipline slip and who is determined to carry on the production and sales of his skin pharmaceutical Therapellis in a quiet way; next, a new boss for him, Samuel Kidney, now in charge of the project HOEX to bring nuggets of civilization to Oriental Hosun-Ki; then Colpitts' Icelandic secretary, Gudfinna, whose reality about Therapellis and all its hangers on he tries not to accept; and, around and about, the wife Colpitts wants to keep far from his current activities; Nancy Meddlemiss who is an everpresent thorn in HOEX programming; the officials -- and obstacles -- Colpitts encounters when he returns to Hosun-Ki (for HOEX's eventual debacle). The fact that Therapellis becomes important in Kidney's dermatological and Nancy Meddlemiss' social life resolves Colpitts' problems and leaves him a winner in a debatable scuffle. The publishers claim this is a very funny book -- it could well be reading tastes are higher than their aims.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1960
Publisher: Simon & Schuster