THE GREAT HOTEL ROBBERY by John Minahan

THE GREAT HOTEL ROBBERY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Who robbed a fancy Park Avenue hotel of $4 million worth of safe-deposit-box valuables? That's the puzzle for N.Y. cops Rawlings (small) and Daniels (big) in this effortfully zany farce-procedural. The top suspects: minor hood Jimmy Ferragamo; bored intellectual William McCabe, who's ""wasting his life turning out a pissyass airline inflight magazine""; and Hamilton Harcourt, an agent of Lloyd's of London--who turns out to be a woman in drag. The trail, then, leads to an S&M transvestite nightclub (a porno act there is based on Mommie Dearest) and eventually, despite hindrances from paranoid Police Chief Vadney, to a televised arrest. Notwithstanding a few N.Y.-style, topical chuckles here and there: heavyhanded cops-and-robbers parody, depending all too much on the transvestite gag for both laughs and plot.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1982
Publisher: Norton