STEPPIN’ ON A RAINBOW by Kinky Friedman

STEPPIN’ ON A RAINBOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Now that his Vandam Street Irregulars are all out of town—Stephanie DuPont’s in Nassau, Ratso Sloman in Montauk, Steve Rambam in Israel, Mike McGovern in Hawaii collecting recipes for his new cookbook Eat, Drink, and Be Kinky—is it finally time for Kinky Friedman to get a life of his own? Of course not. A pair of phone calls—the first from beekeeper-turned-newspaperman Willis Hoover reporting McGovern’s sudden disappearance from a Waikiki beach, the second including McGovern’s trademark distress signal—“MIT!—MIT!—MIT!”—announces that McGovern’s indeed a Man in Trouble, and that Kinky and the returning Stephanie have to get megamillionaire John McCall to fly them and Stephanie’s pain-in-the-neck dogs to the islands. The good news is that McGovern’s mayday strongly suggests that he’s not dead; certainly he’s not the corpse the Hawaiian authorities identify as his. Nor is a mental inmate in the institution Kinky and his diminished forces visit, or the kidnap victim a pair of low-level thugs try to ransom. But if McGovern’s in no danger, what’s his connection to the vanishing years ago of a pair of priceless Island relics, and the current vanishing of investigative reporter Carline Ravel?

All right, all right: The mystery, as usual in this waggish series (The Mile High Club, 2000, etc.), is no more substantial than peach fuzz. This time, though, Kinky’s patter is disappointingly thin too. As he’d be the first to admit, he needs his posse, or at least his cat, rather than a row of Penis Coladas to bounce off his peerless non-sequiturs.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-684-86487-8
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2001




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