BEAR HUG by Jerome Doolittle


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 A sharp descent into pulp machismo for Boston's Tom Bethany (Body Scissors; Strangle Hold), who, here, tackles Texas bubbas and Maine rowdies while trying to track the whereabouts of funds that the late Dr. Denton Somerville invested for/bilked from a group of- -now hard-pressed--retirees. En route to Houston, the former home base of the doctor, Bethany stops off in Washington for a quick tryst with married girlfriend Hope, then heads on west to interview Somerville associates and learn about his widow, Billene, grieving her way up and down the Atlantic coast in the family yacht with only Glen, a muscular bodyguard/dogsbody, for company. Following in her wake, Bethany encounters the Thornburgh cousins, and, after some heavy punch'-em-up stuff, the boys and Bethany slip aboard Billene's yacht for more mayhem and--no surprise here--the reemergence of the ``dead'' doctor. Two die, and Billene is almost raped, before Bethany gets the old boys their money back--and arranges a federal comeuppance for the doctor. Much fat-cat bashing and political savvy on S&L scams, but also much more violence than is necessary and a plot that's not much brighter than the Thornburgh cousins.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-74568-9
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1992


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