MELINDA by Gaia Servadio

MELINDA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This spumoni, really hard to classify otherwise unless it might be as an crofic spy spoof in high drag, tries to keep up with Melinda, the Baroness Publishing, from the time when as a little thing she's sleeping with both her father and her brother, to her finale when she is launched by the Russians in a rocket to the moon--as good a place as any for her to be. Melinda, she's a highpowered piece who owes something to Amber and O and Modesty Blaise, and while no one is immune to her, she's happiest making love to herself. Without totting up her children, husbands and lovers, some of her adventures include the disposition of her brother-in-law so that she may procure a seal in Parliament (poisoned mushrooms), her becoming a Pussygirl at a Sexy-boy Club, her career as a spy and the further fatalities she accomplishes. . . . ""Too amusing?"" or rather tediously c pornograffiti.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1968
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux