THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY by Carole Berry
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THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A new adventure for Berry's engaging ex-hoofer Ronnie Indermill (The Letter of the Law)--thirtysomething and still in search of a career. For a while it looks as though Creative Financial Ventures might be it. C.F.'s a company specializing in sophisticated tax shelters, owned by partners Ashley Gartner, aging and rumored on the way out; aggressive little Morty Fike; and homely, all-business Charlotte Smoot. In the meantime, Bonnie's boss is slick, handsome, compulsive gambler Eddie Fong, who's too busy warming up Charlotte, placing bets, eluding the Chinese Mafia, and ferreting out company secrets to give much time or training to Bonnie. But when Gartner is found murdered, after the firm's annual Christmas party, the rapid ebbing of company morale is halted temporarily by Fike, whose luscious but dumb secretary-mistress Amanda is also making time with fast Eddie, now officially engaged to a suddenly feminized Charlotte. One panicky night, though, Eddie, who seems torn between a euphoric high and mortal terror, hides a money-filled satchel in Bonnie's apartment and disappears, leaving her to cope with the treasure, the pursuers, and a host of unanswered questions. She survives it all in spirited style. A fast-moving, wry, and feisty look at some aspects of Manhattan life and the ripple effect of a money seam gone awry.

Pub Date: June 20th, 1988
Publisher: St. Martin's