TOO HIGH by Corson Hirschfeld
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Back in Honolulu, where he was known around the university as the Sex Doctor for his scholarly dissertations on such matters as Fijian yam dildos, aging archeologist Digger Fitz had little preparation for what awaited him in the town of Golden Leaf, in the hills of east Kentucky: his archaeologist cousin’s dead carcass, lips sewn closed with a fishing hook and lead lures plumping out his jowls. With his herpetologist niece Nikki, Digger sets out to find poor Edgar’s murderer, and the pair are soon pitted against two equally wacko rival millionaires, Smoot Mudd and Alphonse LeCoup, in pursuit of the Celoron plate, an 18th-century artifact that has also attracted the attention of lusty, busty Rita Rae Deaver, her flamboyantly violent brother Jesus Bob, Orlando the Cuban, two goons impersonating Mossad agents, and the Daniel Boone Rangers, a militia band that attributes all of society’s ills to the Jews, the Feds, and the aliens (not necessarily in that order). Sheriff Coony McCoy and his deputy Bo (the only good ’un among the Deaver siblings) add more confusion, and there will be umpteen confrontations with more Bible-thumpers, rattlesnakes, AK-47s (and even bigger-bore weapons) before the EZ Zees Motel goes up in flames, Chez Pancakes becomes flat as a you-know-what, the reader’s sides stop splitting, and Carl Hiaasen gets over his jealous pique.

Hirschfield (Aloha, Mr. Lucky, 2000) is a very funny writer with a well-developed sadistic streak, unlimited imagination when it comes to sexcapades, and the ability to relate historical events in full-farce regalia.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-765-30011-7
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Forge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2001